Blue Car Reviews

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 7, 2005
...falters because it hews too closely to the witless cant of the average guy as a potential sex criminal.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
February 9, 2004
Though the story is fragile, Bruckner's superlative acting registers Meg's feelings with the dead-on accuracy of an emotional geiger counter.
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
December 1, 2003
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.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
October 23, 2003
Cuts both ways: the poetry and the acting were hot, the story and the cinematography were not so hot.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
September 27, 2003
I found this movie fascinating -- but not an easy one to sit through. It's seems excruciatingly real.
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
September 12, 2003
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
Joshua Tanzer
Offoffoff
July 15, 2003
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 | Original Score: 4/4
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
July 14, 2003
Painful to watch, yet it never sinks to melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
July 11, 2003
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
John A. Nesbit
ToxicUniverse.com
June 27, 2003
borrows heavily from her television soap experience but doesn't collapse totally into the banal
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
June 14, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
June 14, 2003
There's nothing particularly original about the plotline, but the execution is pretty good and may be enough to keep you in your seat.
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
June 13, 2003
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
June 12, 2003
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
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
June 11, 2003
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.
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
June 8, 2003
It's an incredibly strong debut reinforced by astonishingly good performances by all the principals.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Marc Mohan
Oregonian
May 30, 2003
An affecting look at one talented girl's efforts to survive in a world of confused and selfish adults.
Top Critic
Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
May 30, 2003
A well-intentioned coming-of-age film anchored by two indelible performances but weakened by an overabundance of drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
May 28, 2003
The film is strengthened by the two leading performances.
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Nicole Arthur
Washington Post
May 23, 2003
We've seen this unhappy scenario played out many times before, but seldom with a better eye for detail.
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David Rooney
Variety
April 1, 2009
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006

Deseret News, Salt Lake City
July 22, 2003
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters
July 2, 2003

Boston Phoenix
July 2, 2003

Baltimore Sun
May 30, 2003
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
May 23, 2003
Leonard Maltin
Leonard Maltin's Picks
May 14, 2003
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
October 24, 2002
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