The Loneliest Planet

Alex and Nica, a young engaged couple, are so eager to take a serious walking trek through Georgia's Caucasus Mountains that they hire a local guide. As they travel deep into the wild landscape, however, the emotional atmosphere shifts for the trio.
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Netflix Rating: 2.7
Rotten Tomatoes: Fresh 71%
Critics' score: 71   Audience score: 38   Rotten Tomatoes page
Top Rotten Tomatoes Critics

You hope for these characters, and that hope carries the film. full review

Tom Long, Detroit News

Though it's not without virtues, "The Loneliest Planet" may try the patience of even the most dedicated lovers of art film. full review

Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle

Why expend more energy on the film than its makers did? full review

Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune

Loktev has written and directed with a haunting emphasis on the shortcomings of some interpersonal communication. full review

Wesley Morris, Boston Globe

I can't deny that her scheme is dramatically effective, though I left the movie more conscious of the scheme than the drama. full review

J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader

All of this grows tiresome. full review

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

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. full review

Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor

Unfortunately, Loktev's dry approach to establishing the couple's relationship means its abrupt collapse causes little emotional impact. full review

Farran Smith Nehme, New York Post

Shot on location by cinematographer Inti Briones, "Planet" is a piece of art even without Bernal and Furstenberg, who are like moving portraits of themselves in this film. full review

Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times

It is gripping and haunting, but also coy and elusive. full review

A.O. Scott, New York Times

Though the film moves as slowly as its hikers, it demands, and deserves, to be watched closely. full review

Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

The Loneliest Planet does have a quiet power, which is amplified by the movie's rugged landscape. full review

The film delivers in unexpected ways, and then ponders what it means. full review

Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News

Every scene shift contributes vital information about what it means to guide or be guided over foreign territory, both emotional and physical. full review

Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly

Within a scantily plotted, novella-style narrative (the movie is an adaptation of a short story by Tom Bissell), single shots become story events that mere mention would spoil. full review

Karina Longworth, Village Voice

If you are willing to subject yourself to an experience that is outside the norm of what a traditional movie is supposed to do, then you may come away with fertile soil for some fruitful discussion. full review

Jordan Hoffman,

[A] slow-burning, distinctive second feature from Russian-born, Colorado-raised writer/director Julia Loktev. full review

Neil Young, Hollywood Reporter

Julia Loktev's marvelous, slow-burning follow-up to her minimalist thriller Day Night Day Night somehow manages to be both audacious and subtle. full review

Aaron Hillis, Village Voice

Loktev's staging of the crucial moment is expert; her look at the aftermath is poignant and nuanced, culminating in a nocturnal sequence that condenses a world of bitter and incommensurable experience into a single shot. full review

Richard Brody, New Yorker
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  • Release Year: 2011
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Runtime: 113 min
  • Available From: Dec 19, 2012
  • Queued by: 535 people
Directed By
Julia Loktev
Gael GarcĂ­a Bernal, Hani Furstenberg, Bidzina Gujabidze

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