• 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

Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
Top Critic
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
Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic
July 13, 2006

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

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
Marta Barber
Miami Herald
Top Critic
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
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
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
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
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
Jan Stuart
Newsday
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
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+
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic
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
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
Todd McCarthy
Variety
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.

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
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.