Generally favorable reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Reviewed by: Marc Mohan
    Nov 15, 2012
    The languid, observational style of director Julia Loktev will frustrate those expecting stuff to, like, happen more, but it has its real rewards.
  2. Reviewed by: Walter Addiego
    Nov 2, 2012
    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.
  3. Reviewed by: Wesley Morris
    Nov 1, 2012
    The movie captures a kind of tragedy of self.
  4. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Oct 31, 2012
    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.
  5. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Oct 27, 2012
    Suspense is rarely delivered with such distinctive patience.
  6. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Oct 26, 2012
    The Loneliest Planet is not a perfect work of art, but it gets at something powerful: the way that life can turn us around in a flash, without warning.
  7. Reviewed by: Farran Smith Nehme
    Oct 25, 2012
    Gorgeous surroundings don't make up for sulky, feuding travel companions.
  8. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Oct 25, 2012
    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.
  9. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    Oct 25, 2012
    It is gripping and haunting, but also coy and elusive.
  10. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Oct 25, 2012
    Bernal and Furstenberg exist within this meditative space with all the ease and unease of a couple still trying each other on for size. The forces that push and pull them feel so rooted in reality that if not for the layers of meaning it might seem a complete improvisation.
  11. Reviewed by: Mark Jenkins
    Oct 25, 2012
    The story is carefully constructed, with moments that seem offhand initially, but are later revealed as crucial.
  12. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Oct 25, 2012
    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.)
  13. Reviewed by: Erik McClanahan
    Oct 25, 2012
    Bernal continues to put in one good performance after another, and his turn here is no exception.
  14. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Oct 24, 2012
    The film feels as beautifully calibrated as a great piece of short fiction, only with visual accents and emphases filling in for the prose. It's a relationship movie where the most important exchanges remain unspoken.
  15. Reviewed by: Alison Willmore
    Oct 24, 2012
    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."
  16. Reviewed by: Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Oct 24, 2012
    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.
  17. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Oct 23, 2012
    Adjust to the deliberate rhythms of this hiking movie-set on the lush slopes of Georgia's Caucasus Mountains - and the psychological payoff stings like a blister.
  18. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    Oct 13, 2012
    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.
  19. Reviewed by: Aaron Hillis
    Oct 13, 2012
    Julia Loktev's marvelous, slow-burning follow-up to her minimalist thriller "Day Night Day Night" somehow manages to be both audacious and subtle.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 6
  2. Negative: 2 out of 6
  1. BKM
    Dec 21, 2012
    The Loneliest Planet is a colossal bore that doesn't offer any real payoff of any sort. Yes, the scenery is nice and the film goes to great lengths to accurately depict the ways in which people are unable of communicating with one another, but the bottom line is that this movie doesn't have very much to say and yet it takes an extremely long time to do so. Full Review »
  2. Mar 22, 2013
    Please, if I can save you the nearly 2 hours this film takes to make its point, your time won't be wasted like mine. This is a movie based on a short story by Tom Bissell; the movie might have been interesting itself as a short. However it drags on for nearly 2 hours, during which time there are literally only a couple of minutes of important scenes. The rest of the time is devoted to trying to set the mood of the relationship between the characters (which could have been done in minutes, not hours)...which unfortunately fails to be interesting or believable.

    One of the only saving graces of this movie is the incredible Georgian mountain scenery, and even that is reprised many times in virtually identical shots which themselves drag on so long as to be puzzling.
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  3. Mar 4, 2013
    The movie is boring, then unrealistic, then all out stupid mixed with repugnant. I cant believe the favorable reviews this garbage got. I had to make an account just to post this. Essentially the couple is not relatable or realistic. Its sort of sexist against men. Most people take it for granted how men are expected to instinctually react, but thats really female chauvinism. Full Review »