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  • Summary: Old Joy is the story of two old friends, Kurt (Oldham) and Mark (London), who reunite for a weekend camping trip in the Cascade mountain range east of Portland, Oregon. (Kino International)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 24
  2. Negative: 1 out of 24
  1. A triumph of modesty and of seriousness that also happens to be one of the finest American films of the year.
  2. 100
    The movie's scale is minuscule, but the physical and emotional landscapes it travels are as broad, deep and mysterious as the human psyche itself.
  3. 91
    A spare, trembling lyric poem of a movie that uses stillness and facial blips the way melodramas use showdowns and action films big bangs.
  4. 88
    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.
  5. Against a radiant backdrop of decay and rebirth, nothing needs to be said; everything in this lovely film is crystalline.
  6. Reviewed by: David Parkinson
    80
    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.
  7. 25
    You must lead a dull life if it would be enlivened by 76 minutes' worth of Old Joy.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 27
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 27
  3. Negative: 16 out of 27
  1. danielchabannes
    Apr 2, 2007
    10
    Very sensitive !
  2. TankyT.
    Sep 25, 2006
    10
    Amazing.
  3. ML
    Jan 10, 2007
    9
    From the second Will Oldham gets on screen, it's his movie. One of the best performances of the year.
  4. JW
    Oct 16, 2006
    3
    This is the dullest piece of arty nothing to receive such a high rating! Yes the scenery is beautiful, the reunited friends somehow This is the dullest piece of arty nothing to receive such a high rating! Yes the scenery is beautiful, the reunited friends somehow endearing, and the melancholy mood creates a soft tension. All that does not make up for the lack of plot, pacing, and dialogue. In short, nothing happens and not in a good way. I liked the sound track. What I got out of it: destination- Bagby hot springs. Expand
  5. RobertI.
    Oct 29, 2006
    2
    As tedious as getting your teeth ground. The lack of dialogue! Seventy-six minutes seemed like 3 hours. And to top it off, they camp in a As tedious as getting your teeth ground. The lack of dialogue! Seventy-six minutes seemed like 3 hours. And to top it off, they camp in a garbage dump! Minimalism and artlessness need not be synonymous. Critics shouldn't read each others' work. Expand
  6. KathleenF.
    Mar 10, 2007
    1
    The only reason more people didn't leave the theater during this utterly boring and pointless film is because it is thankfully, rather The only reason more people didn't leave the theater during this utterly boring and pointless film is because it is thankfully, rather short. The most interesting thing in this film is the dog with the stick. Just because you like Will Oldham, doesn't make this a good movie. Expand
  7. JasonG.
    Oct 4, 2006
    0
    This could well be the worst movie ever to receive these kind of patronizing reviews. Shallow, empty, and pretentious, I dare those who This could well be the worst movie ever to receive these kind of patronizing reviews. Shallow, empty, and pretentious, I dare those who praised it to subject themselves to a second viewing. 76 minutes of pure drivel. Expand

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