• R, 1 hr. 59 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Victor Nuņez
    In Theaters:
    May 31, 2006 Wide
    On DVD:
    Feb 6, 2007
  • IFC Films

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Coastlines Reviews

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Nick Schager
Slant Magazine

The filmmaker's laconic pacing becomes a hindrance to any intended measure of suspense, just as his dedication to crafting a tangible sense of place comes at the expense of fleshed-out characters and motivation

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2/4

May 29, 2006
Todd McCarthy
Variety
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Sometimes it's best to leave those old scripts in the trunk, a view borne out by Coastlines,a melodramatic step backward for writer-director Victor Nunez after his last two pictures.

Full Review Source: Variety

May 30, 2006
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Disappointing low-key modern film noir.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: C+

April 25, 2008
Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
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Nuņez's idea of the characters' ordinariness translates to flavorlessness, and he lights and shoots his scenes with a high schooler's care, often not even bothering to match up sight lines.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

May 30, 2006
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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Enough of the ingredients for a sultry downscale noir are in place in Coastlines, that once the film turns perversely goody-good, it leaves you feeling vaguely disgruntled.

| Original Score: 2.5/5

May 30, 2006
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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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

June 9, 2006
Eric Monder
Film Journal International

Seems to want to make a point but never does.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

March 1, 2007
Keith Phipps
AV Club

[The love triangle] plays more like canned heat than blazing inferno...

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C+

May 31, 2006
Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
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A skeeter noir bogged down in the unconvincing pulp of a melodrama without conviction.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2/5

June 16, 2006
V.A. Musetto
New York Post
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As they say, two out of three ain't bad, and we look forward to more winners by Nunez.

| Original Score: 2/4

May 31, 2006
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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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 Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/4

June 2, 2006
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat

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
Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
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The third entry lacks the subtle power of the previous two efforts.

July 13, 2006
Annlee Ellingson
Boxoffice Magazine

Integral to the plot of Coastlines is its setting -- indeed articulated in the very title.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

May 6, 2006
Kam Williams
NewsBlaze

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

February 20, 2007
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

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 Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer | Original Score: B

July 27, 2006
Jan Stuart
Newsday
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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 Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3/4

May 31, 2006
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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The talent is still there, the film better than most. It just needs less crime, more love.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

July 13, 2006
Michael Booth
Denver Post
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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.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 16, 2006
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

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 Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: 3/5

April 29, 2006
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