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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. 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.
  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
    Old Joy doesn't try for too much, but its subtle victories leave plenty to savor.
  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. Reviewed 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.
  6. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    A beautifully nuanced study in friendship and the irretrievability of the past.
  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 26
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 26
  3. Negative: 15 out of 26
  1. Nov 6, 2011
    "Old Joy" moves slowly, but a man hesitant about how to seduce his old friend is wise to move slowly too. That is how I saw the movie -- Kurt is lonely, sadly lonely. He blurts out in the night that he misses his friend. He massages Mark's shoulders the next day. That is all he gets. That night, he is back in the city, cruising the streets. Look at how he gives the beggar some money and hangs around for an instant, until the beggar seems to dismiss him with "Have a nice night." If this is not how to interpret the movie, then why is the last scene even there? Expand

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