The Loneliest Planet Synopsis
An incident on the trail tests two lovers' relationship during a guided hike through the mountains.
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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...
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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...
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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;...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Mulligan Jen

By mulliganJen
One of the worst movies I have ever seen. I felt it was worse than Chinese water torture. It is basically two people, a man and woman with a guide hiking. Every scene is 5 minutes of watching them...

It could have been better

By tomrovine
I liked this movie. It is very slow indeed, but i guess that is the speed with wich real things happen in life. My only complain is the lengh of some of the scenes. There wasn't any real...

VERY Disappointing

By anna.noland
From the start you never really know what's going on. They seem to be taking a trek across the lands, but why? To where? The relationships between the characters are well developed. As the trek...


By frankred76
Great scenery, Horrible movie. Could have made that a 30 min movie. Wasted my time. Don't bother....

Beautifully shot, but not much else...

By jakeyoung99
I was on the verge of giving this on a so-so, but eventually decided against it. As the title suggests, this film boasts beautiful and well thought out shots that are both unique and moral. However ,...

waste of 2 hours

By nyoko
This could have easily been edited down to a 5-10 minute short, but even then it would be a bad short. So much opportunity for great cinematography, but its all wasted potential. In the end I didn't...

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Rated NR