BeBraveMorvern’s review published on Letterboxd:
This movie is carried by Williams’ excellent-as-ever performance and Reichardt’s clear-eyed attention to the emotional details of navigating a recession with virtually no resources.
The simple plot and tearful climax reminded me of old b&w melodramas, but this is nowhere near as sentimental. Even when Reichardt’s camera goes in for the wrenching closeup, there’s no score — the whole movie is curiously dry. She takes a cool eye to what would otherwise play as a tearjerker; it’s like the picture has these very soothing rhythms, and I couldn’t shake the stillness with my tears. Still, it’s a beautiful slow burn with a moving supporting turn from Wally Dalton as a security guard/father figure.
I hadn’t intended to rewatch this, but I’d just rewatched Reichardt’s Old Joy and realized that their Lucy was this Lucy, so I just had to.