Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
One of the year's most original and emotionally profound movies masquerades as the tiny story of a young couple who take a backpacking trip in the Caucasus Mountains the summer before their wedding.
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One of the finest of the year, The Loneliest Planet is based on a short story by Tom Bissell that's itself inspired by a famous Hemingway work, "The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber."
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Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
The movie captures a kind of tragedy of self.
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Blink your eyes and you've lost track of them, but one of the interesting things about the experience is that you don't want to lose track; though the film moves as slowly as its hikers, it demands, and deserves, to be watched closely. (The cinematographer was Inti Briones.)
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By Mark Jenkins
The story is carefully constructed, with moments that seem offhand initially, but are later revealed as crucial.
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Slant Magazine

By Andrew Schenker
Much of the film's final act is given to alienated walking, which too often plays as an abstract study of triangular arrangements in which non-speaking figures move across a barren terrain.
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Writer-director Julia Loktev sustains the tension for long, Antonioni-esque passages that portend something momentous. The film delivers in unexpected ways, and then ponders what it means.
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New York Post

By Farran Smith Nehme
Gorgeous surroundings don't make up for sulky, feuding travel companions.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Walter Addiego
There's no getting around it. Though it's not without virtues, The Loneliest Planet may try the patience of even the most dedicated lovers of art film.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
All of this grows tiresome. We're given no particular reason at the outset of The Loneliest Planet to care about these people, our interest doesn't grow along the way, the landscape grows repetitive, the director's approach is aggressively minimalist, and if you ask me, this romance was not made in heaven.
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76 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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