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

Coastlines Reviews

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Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
May 29, 2006

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 | Original Score: 2/4
Todd McCarthy
Top Critic
May 30, 2006

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.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
April 25, 2008

Disappointing low-key modern film noir.

Full Review | Original Score: C+
Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
Top Critic
May 30, 2006

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.

Stephen Holden
New York Times
Top Critic
May 30, 2006

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
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic
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
Eric Monder
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007

Seems to want to make a point but never does.

Keith Phipps
AV Club
Top Critic
May 31, 2006

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

Full Review | Original Score: C+
Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic
June 16, 2006

A skeeter noir bogged down in the unconvincing pulp of a melodrama without conviction.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
V.A. Musetto
New York Post
Top Critic
May 31, 2006

As they say, two out of three ain't bad, and we look forward to more winners by Nunez.

| Original Score: 2/4
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
Top Critic
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
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.

Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic
July 13, 2006

The third entry lacks the subtle power of the previous two efforts.

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
Kam Williams
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
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
Jan Stuart
Top Critic
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
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic
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
Michael Booth
Denver Post
Top Critic
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
Emanuel Levy
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
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