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Coastlines (2006)



Average Rating: 5.3/10
Reviews Counted: 25
Fresh: 12 | Rotten: 13

Coastlines features solid lead performances, but is hindered by an unconvincing love triangle and scattered direction. Not up to the standard of Victor Nunez's previous directorial efforts.


Average Rating: 5.2/10
Critic Reviews: 14
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 8

Coastlines features solid lead performances, but is hindered by an unconvincing love triangle and scattered direction. Not up to the standard of Victor Nunez's previous directorial efforts.



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Victor Nuņez's Coastlines centers on Sonny (Timothy Olyphant), who is returning home after his release from prison. When he asks for money owed to him by local crime boss Fred Vance (William Forsythe), Vance responds by blowing up Sonny's home (causing the death of Sonny's father). Sonny moves in with old friends Dave and Ann (Josh Brolin and Sarah Wynter), even though Dave is now a policeman. Ann, who has grown bored by her husband's conversion from wild man to cop, begins an affair with Sonny.



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All Critics (25) | Top Critics (14) | Fresh (12) | Rotten (13) | DVD (5)

It's flawed but no less fascinating for its mood of simmering tension on the fringes of the American dream.

July 28, 2006 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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The third entry lacks the subtle power of the previous two efforts.

July 13, 2006
Hollywood Reporter
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The talent is still there, the film better than most. It just needs less crime, more love.

July 13, 2006 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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Keeps you entertained throughout its two hours, which says a lot about Nunez's storytelling.

June 23, 2006 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
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A skeeter noir bogged down in the unconvincing pulp of a melodrama without conviction.

June 16, 2006 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Proves that while Ulee's Gold was an exceptional movie, it wasn't a fluke. Nuņez just needs to search past the Panhandle for fresh material.

June 16, 2006 Full Review Source: Denver Post
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Disappointing low-key modern film noir.

April 25, 2008 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Seems to want to make a point but never does.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International | Comment (1)
Film Journal International

Again, Nunez proves himself a master of understatement, presenting another poignant, slice-of-life drama peopled with vulnerable, fully fleshed-out characters caught-up in a complex situation.

February 20, 2007

There's so much simmering behind the characters that the film seems to get away from Nunez, which is fine. The messy emotions and illogic of human nature defines this drama.

July 27, 2006 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Despite good performances, this attempt to intertwine a crime thriller with a love triangle never gels...Fans of Ulee's Gold, Ruby in Paradise, and A Flash of Green are likely to feel disappointed by this decidedly lesser effort.

June 16, 2006

Longtime independent writer-director Victor Nunez brings a rare combination of homegrown regional sensibility and genuine filmmaking skills to his low-key stories of small-town life on Florida's gulf coast.

May 31, 2006 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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[The love triangle] plays more like canned heat than blazing inferno...

May 31, 2006 Full Review Source: AV Club
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Audience Reviews for Coastlines

What movie starring Josh Brolin, Timothy Olyphant, and Josh Lucas could be bad?? I'll tell you: this one. Slow. Boring. Pointless...I had a very hard time staying awake.
July 9, 2012

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[font=Century Gothic]"Coastlines" starts with Sonny(Timothy Olyphant) returning home after spending three years in prison, being greeted by his old friend Dave(Josh Brolin) and his wife Ann(Sarah Wynter). Dave, a policeman, is worried that Sonny will fall back into a life of crime. And his concern is definitely warranted since Sonny pays a visit to Eddie Vance(Josh Lucas) and his uncle Fred(William Forsythe) to inquire about the money that is owed him. Despite Sonny's previous loyalty, the Vances fear trouble and contact a hitman...[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]"Coastlines" is a disappointing movie from Victor Nunez whose two previous films, "Ruby in Paradise" and "Ulee's Gold," were well-acted, low-key and emotionally resonant depictions of small town Florida.(In fact, "Ulee's Gold" was my pick for best film of 1997.) This time around, he stumbles badly with cliches(starting with an ex-con returning home facing choices...), pedestrian directing, general lifelessness and an anti-climax. Just about when it looks like the story will pick up, it falls into a rut, never to escape. And it is always best to let things simmer, instead of relying on unnecessary explosions. Maybe it would have helped if Josh Lucas had been cast in the lead. I am not saying he is a great actor but at least he has a pulse and could have made Sonny at least a little interesting.[/font]
September 10, 2008
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