• R, 1 hr. 36 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Karen Moncrieff
    In Theaters:
    May 2, 2003 Wide
    On DVD:
    Oct 14, 2003
  • Miramax Films


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Blue Car Reviews

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

...falters because it hews too closely to the witless cant of the average guy as a potential sex criminal.

Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Original Score: B-

January 7, 2005
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly

Though the story is fragile, Bruckner's superlative acting registers Meg's feelings with the dead-on accuracy of an emotional geiger counter.

Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly

February 9, 2004
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

Vivid performances . . . the film's warmly luminous look and the richly rendered view of a troubled but talented teen's struggles with the adult world sustain the film.

December 1, 2003
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Cuts both ways: the poetry and the acting were hot, the story and the cinematography were not so hot.

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

October 23, 2003
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

I found this movie fascinating -- but not an easy one to sit through. It's seems excruciatingly real.

Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews

September 27, 2003
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star

At the film's center Bruckner more than holds her own, beautifully capturing the anger, uncertainty and yearnings of an unhappy kid impatient for her 'real' life to begin.

Full Review Source: Kansas City Star | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 12, 2003
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

Moncrieff, though seemingly incapable of lacing a story with surprises, writes snappy dialogue.

Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star | Original Score: 2/4

July 18, 2003
Joshua Tanzer

The truest depiction I have ever seen on film of how children grow up with divorced parents. Hollywood blockbuster hype notwithstanding, this is actually the must-see movie of the summer.

Full Review Source: Offoffoff | Original Score: 4/4

July 15, 2003
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review

Painful to watch, yet it never sinks to melodrama.

Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 4/5

July 14, 2003
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee

Moncrieff grabs us with details and dialogue so authentic ... that she often makes us feel as if we're standing on our toes and peering in the window of one of our neighbors.

Full Review Source: Sacramento Bee | Original Score: 3.5/4

July 11, 2003
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune

Blue Car boasts great talent in Bruckner, Straithairn and Moncrieff... [but] that talent isn't enough to get over the obstacles in the movie's second half.

Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 2, 2003
John A. Nesbit

borrows heavily from her television soap experience but doesn't collapse totally into the banal

Full Review Source: ToxicUniverse.com | Original Score: 3/5

June 27, 2003
Josh Larsen
Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)

...leaves Strathairn's possible predator frustratingly out of focus.

Full Review Source: Sun Publications (Chicago, IL) | Original Score: 2/4

June 19, 2003
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan

There's nothing particularly original about the plotline, but the execution is pretty good and may be enough to keep you in your seat.

Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan

June 14, 2003
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune

Moncrieff (who studied acting) has such a fine cast that she makes the nuances come together as the portrait of a brief, piercing time in peoples' lives.

Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

June 13, 2003
Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
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Worth watching for the coming-out party of Agnes Bruckner, a relative newcomer who shows her mettle with an extraordinary performance in this very ordinary tear-jerker.

| Original Score: 3/5

June 12, 2003
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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An impressive first effort from Ms. Moncrieff, but the eternal Aristotelian in me finds it depressing to watch characters always walking around in moral quicksand.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

June 11, 2003
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle

It's an incredibly strong debut reinforced by astonishingly good performances by all the principals.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 3.5/5

June 8, 2003
Marc Mohan

An affecting look at one talented girl's efforts to survive in a world of confused and selfish adults.

Full Review Source: Oregonian

May 30, 2003
Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
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A well-intentioned coming-of-age film anchored by two indelible performances but weakened by an overabundance of drama.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 30, 2003
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