6.6/10 (IMDB)

Janet Planet

1h 53m Drama
Janet Planet
Janet Planet


In rural Western Massachusetts, 11-year-old Lacy spends the summer of 1991 at home, enthralled by her own imagination and the attention of her mother, Janet.

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Annie Baker captures a child's experience of time passing, and the ineffability of a daughter falling out of love with her mother, in this singularly sublime film debut.


Annie Baker


Zoe Ziegler, Luke Philip Bosco, June Walker Grossman






United States



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  • "The movie contains no non-diegetic music and even limits major camera movement to a relatively small handful of scenes. Nothing distracts from the tender wisdom of its unimpeachably unsentimental gaze and the vividness of its very specific New England milieu."
    - The Hollywood Reporter
  • "There is nothing artificial here, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t mystery. It’s the mystery of people and their unusual behaviors and the way they can flit in and out of our lives and our consciousness."
    - IndieWire
  • "JANET PLANET is alive with possibility, not just for the youngster but also for the remarkable writer-director who announces her big-screen ambitions with stunning force."
    - Screen Daily
  • "Baker’s tingling delicacy of touch makes it a subtly distinctive experience: it’s a film I already looked forward to revisiting while tiptoeing through it the first time."
    - The Telegraph
  • "A film that feels a million miles from the confines of a sterile theatrical setting. A movie that is creatively propelled more by a filmmaker’s eye than the words composed by a screenwriter."
    - The Playlist
  • "Both disarming and odd, a film both lovely for its observational aptitude and at times mildly annoying in its smarty-pants conversational cleverness. Whatever else you can say, it’s an absolute original."
    - Deadline Hollywood Daily
  • "The kind of luminous portrait of a summer where nothing happens and yet everything happens."
    - Vox
  • "This is not just one of the great films of its year, but one of the finest first films in the annals of the medium."
    - Little White Lies