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Reviews: The Place Beyond the Pines (2013)

place_beyond_the_pinesReviews for this film from our members:

  • Marco Albanese @ Stanze di Cinema [Italian]
    • Excerpt: L’ambizioso e tragico Come un tuono – The place beyond the pines è la conferma di un talento notevole e coraggioso.
  • Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire
    • Excerpt: The Place Beyond The Pines’ narrative riskiness and emotional avidity don’t always make for the smoothest viewing experience. But Cianfrance seems less interested in a tidy chronicle than in exploring some threads, in creating a feeling and seeing where it goes.
  • Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy
    • Excerpt: The good parts are so good, and the bad parts are so bad, that there’s not even a way to calculate an average.
  • Daniel Carlson @ Pajiba
  • Stephen Carty @ Flix Capacitor
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: a three-part epic of fathers and sons, criminality and the law that is beautifully crafted. Unfortunately what could have been a great film becomes contrived when the filmmaker turns his focus to his first generation’s progeny…
  • Edwin Davies @ A Mighty Fine Blog
    • Excerpt: If there is a single word that sums up The Place Beyond the Pines it would be “dissonant”. Every aspect of the film seems to be, on some level, at war with itself, and it is visually, aurally and thematically jarring.
  • Carlos del Río @ El rincón de Carlos del Río [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Insufriblemente lenta y aburrida, con unos temas demasiado difusos para justificar su estructura, y con uno de los guiones más caprichosos que he visto nunca.
  • Jim Dixon @
    • Excerpt: Derek Cianfrance’s “The Place Beyond the Pines” breaks the usual rule that a movie is a story about one character told in three acts. “The Place Beyond the Pines,” supposedly a literal translation of the Mohawk word Schenectady, is certainly in three acts, but each act centers on different main characters. The accomplishment here is how deftly he manages the hand-offs.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: [T]he passage of time highlights the passing of our emotional connection.
  • Dustin Freeley @ Movies About
    • Excerpt: Cianfrance plays with genre, character, and the art of linear story telling.
  • Susan Granger @
    • Excerpt: Somber, suspenseful – if self-indulgent – identity story about fathers and sins.
  • Blake Howard @ Graffiti With Punctuation
    • Excerpt: The Place Beyond the Pines is a heart-wrenching epic poem that quashes the delusion that sons won’t be affected by the actions of their fathers.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @
    • Excerpt: My heart is so heavy after this film. So heavy with this film.
  • Benjamin Kramer @ The Voracious Filmgoer
  • [New – 7/10/14] | Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight
    • Excerpt: Director Derek Cianfrance follows up his mesmerizing relationship drama Blue Valentine with a lugubrious exploration of choices and ramifications that complicate life while pursuing happiness.
  • Piers Marchant @ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
  • Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat
  • Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix
  • Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog
    • Excerpt: An intimate epic…
  • Frank Ochieng @ Yahoo! Voices Movies
    • Excerpt: Writer-director Derek Cianfrance’s (“Blue Valentine”) thought-provoking drama of male-driven consequences in The Place Beyond the Pines is a decent meditation on angst-ridden men-particularly fathers and sons-and the responsibilities that shapes their complicated relationships and unassuming existences.
  • Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]
  • Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk
    • Excerpt: Normally, I’m a champion of long, leisurely paced movies, but unlike efforts by the aforementioned Mr. Malick or someone like Andrew Dominik, Derek Cianfrance doesn’t use elongation to create a sense of space or mood. It just feels like he went long simply because he could.
  • Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema
    • Excerpt: At a time when most screenplays are running on empty, this is a breath of fresh air.
  • Tom Santilli @
    • Excerpt: Pines is a drama, much more interested in journey than in destination.
  • Cole Smithey @
    • Excerpt: An unbalanced dual narrative plays out in Derek Cianfrance’s (“Blue Valentine”) unsteady attempt to extract universal truths about unintended legacies passed down from father to son.
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: In the end it fails to overcome its highly literary construction and its downward dramatic arc.
  • Sam Turner @ Film Intel
    • Excerpt: ‘Looking through the occasional performance weaknesses, there’s a really special script here’
  • Ron Wilkinson @
    • Excerpt: An action thriller of alienation and broken dreams passed from generation to generation make this a thoroughly entertaining 140 minutes.
  • Andrew Wyatt @ Look/Listen (St. Louis Magazine)
    • Excerpt: The marvel of writer-director Derek Cianfrance’s formidable, ambitious new feature film rests in its taut focus on age-old themes.
Updated: July 10, 2015 — 11:40 am

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