100

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
It's in all the moments where little happens that Reichardt is most amazing, investing even a gas-station pit stop with perfect emotional pitch.
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88

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

A precise, subtle and emotionally affecting portrait of the fraying friendship between two men, director Kelly Reichardt's Old Joy is an increasingly rare sort of American independent film: It aspires to be something other than a Hollywood movie with less money.
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88

TV Guide

Without relying on dialogue, and once again making good but sparing use of Yo La Tengo's toasty guitar soundtrack, Reichardt proves herself a filmmaker with a masterful sense of the expressive purity of the passing moment.
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88

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Kurt and Mark's trip to those hot springs is a figurative return to Eden. Anyone who's had a disillusioning reunion with a moony old friend knows what Mark discovers: They're too old to stay that innocent. None of this hit me until after the movie ended. But it hit me hard: You can't go home again.
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80

Empire

By David Parkinson
Making exceptional use of stillness and silence, this is a rather sad study of the passing of traditional concepts of American masculinity along with the landscape that forged them.
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80

Film Threat

A superb exercise in economical filmmaking. Not only from a financial standpoint, as the film was shot in HD and on-location in gorgeous Portland, Oregon…but the story here is so subtle and well drawn, if you blink you might miss it.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Ruthe Stein
The result is a film that fails to completely involve you, even as you admire its artistry.
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75

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
The movie has a large theme, even if it's unspoken. Old Joy is about a particular friendship, but it's also about how American society changed in the '90s and the new century.
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50

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
Features some of the year's most beautiful scenery and two of its most wooden characters.
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25

New York Post

By Kyle Smith
You must lead a dull life if it would be enlivened by 76 minutes' worth of Old Joy.
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84 out of 100
Universal acclaim
Metascore® based on all critic reviews. Scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.