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Coastlines Reviews

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Kam Williams
NewsBlaze
February 20, 2007
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
July 28, 2006
It's flawed but no less fascinating for its mood of simmering tension on the fringes of the American dream.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
July 27, 2006
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
July 13, 2006
The talent is still there, the film better than most. It just needs less crime, more love.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Marta Barber
Miami Herald
June 23, 2006
Keeps you entertained throughout its two hours, which says a lot about Nunez's storytelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
June 16, 2006
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide
May 31, 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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
May 31, 2006
Nunez's multidimensional character development, with fine performances by Olyphant, Brolin, Wynter and Angela Bettis as one of Sonny's old flames, lends weight to the schematic plot points.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
May 31, 2006
It's a heartfelt movie that could have used a zigzaggier undercurrent, though Olyphant, in the sort of role that Paul Newman used to swagger through, has a star's easy command.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Annlee Ellingson
Boxoffice Magazine
May 6, 2006
Integral to the plot of Coastlines is its setting -- indeed articulated in the very title.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Chris Gore
Film Threat
May 6, 2006
Along with a terrific cast, [director] Nunez keeps the action driving forward: dangerous, sexy, and conflicted.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
April 29, 2006
By Nunez's high standards, Coastlines is conventional and outdated, a problematic hybrid of a generic crime melodrama and a more personal tale of a flawed hero who has fallen from grace and needs to restore his inner self (Nunez's specialty).
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
April 25, 2008
Disappointing low-key modern film noir.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Eric Monder
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
Seems to want to make a point but never does.
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
July 13, 2006
The third entry lacks the subtle power of the previous two efforts.
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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
June 16, 2006
A skeeter noir bogged down in the unconvincing pulp of a melodrama without conviction.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
June 16, 2006
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.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 9, 2006
The stuff of pulp, seriously at odds with what the writer-director has always done best. That is, show the inner workings of people, their needs, their fears, their small dreams.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
June 2, 2006
Nunez's fans will appreciate his ability to evoke a palpable atmosphere. But there's just not enough spark in his scorched setting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
May 31, 2006
[The love triangle] plays more like canned heat than blazing inferno...
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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