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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.