Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Wendy and Lucy is modest, minimalist. But it nonetheless reverberates like a sonic boom.
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The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
This is where the movie excels. In the classic neo-realist tradition, it's scant in plot yet rich in mood and character, offering us a revealing hint here, a poignant glimpse there, with each revelation filtered through Michelle Williams's superbly muted performance, all the more moving for being so restrained.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Wendy and Lucy is like "Lassie Come Home" directed by Antonioni. What's piercing about it, and also disturbing, is that Reichardt views the renunciation of society with something close to righteous purity -- as a lefty romantic dream.
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Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Wendy Carroll is a character we rarely see in movies anymore, a woman left alone with her thoughts. That a moviegoer would care what she's thinking testifies to the power in Williams's brand of solitude.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Simple story, beautifully told.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
An evocative film with a believable and subtly enthralling lead performance that gets deeply under your skin.
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
In a minimalist film of muted emotions, Michelle Williams gives as lovely a performance as a moviegoer could ask for.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
A film that might have seemed faintly academic six months ago becomes an anxious expression of its historical moment.
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The Hollywood Reporter

Michelle Williams does her best but she cannot prevent Kelly Reichardt's Wendy and Lucy, a weak tale about being broke and on the road in rural America, from dwindling into boredom.
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Like a worst-case-scenario, indie-movie cliché, Wendy and Lucy throws every bone it can at the screen.
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80 out of 100
Universal acclaim
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