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Wendy and Lucy

  R HD Closed Captioning

Kelly Reichardt

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Plot Summary

Wendy Carroll (Michelle Williams) is driving to Ketchikan, Alaska, in hopes of a summer of lucrative work at the Northwestern Fish cannery, and the start of a new life with her dog, Lucy. When her car breaks down in Oregon, however, the thin fabric of her financial situation comes apart, and she confronts a series of increasingly dire decisions, with far-ranging repercussions for herself and Lucy.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 150
  • Fresh: 128
  • Rotten: 22
  • Average Rating: 7.3/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Wendy and Lucy is quiet, deliberate filmmaking. See it knowing you will witness an idiosyncratic take on storytelling by a fundamentally independent filmmaker. – Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Williams and Patton and the folks of this corner of Oregon serve up a slice of "indie" that, if it doesn't reach the level of "inspires," at least feels timely and true. – Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel, May 13, 2009

Fresh: Deliberately paced -- slow, even -- it's nevertheless an amazing, timely parable for increasingly desperate times. – Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: The narrative has been pared to the bone, and that was a problem for me. We know nothing about Wendy, who she really is, why she left Indiana, what she hopes to do in Alaska -- apart from find a job. – David Stratton, At the Movies (Australia), Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Great Simple Film!

Sometimes the best movies are just simple gems with wonderful camera work and simple acting by actors just getting it right.


Very moving story, perfectly acted. A tragic tale of hope, love, helplessness, and ultimately sacrifice. I loved this one! Highly recommended but be warned, it's a bit of a tearjerker.

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Wendy and Lucy
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2008

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