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  • 75
    Aaron Cutler Slant Magazine

    Sergei Loznitsa's documentaries are mainly compilations of archival footage, so it makes sense that his first fiction film is also essentially a compilation, an array of dynamic, aggressive bits rather than one coherent text. show more

  • 60
    Joshua Rothkopf Time Out New York

    The film's sociopolitical critique is as dull as a sledgehammer - and maybe on the money - but the truth is far more entertaining. show more

  • 75
    Eric Kohn indieWIRE

    Deeply sorrowful and drenched in ambiguity, My Joy adopts a patient rhythm that departs from reality while studying it in depth. show more

  • 90
    Andrew O'Hehir

    My Joy has a bleak, grotesque, near-perfect poetry in its soul. show more

  • 90
    Manohla Dargis The New York Times

    The world of My Joy is grim, though the experience of watching it and piecing together its fragmented story strands is anything but. It's suspenseful, mysterious, at times bitterly funny, consistently moving and filled with images of a Russia haunted both by ghosts and the living dead. show more

  • 80
    Michael Atkinson Village Voice

    My Joy is a maddening vision and one of the year's must-see provocations. show more

  • 70

    Although discomfiting to audiences desiring a steady narrative thread (and less accessible to those unfamiliar with Eastern European history and culture), it sustains interest throughout as a devastating critique of Russian society. show more

  • 75
    Scott Tobias The A.V. Club

    Those schooled in Eastern European history may have better luck deciphering it, but what keeps it compelling throughout is Loznitsa's direction, which favors sophisticated long takes and particularly suspenseful use of foreground and background action. His next film should be a doozy. show more

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