• 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

David Rooney
Variety
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April 1, 2009

Time Out
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June 24, 2006
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
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
Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
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The film is strengthened by the two leading performances.

May 28, 2003
Nicole Arthur
Washington Post
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We've seen this unhappy scenario played out many times before, but seldom with a better eye for detail.

May 23, 2003
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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Certainly no feel-good flick of the summer. But it's always tough and honest.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

May 23, 2003
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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It's rare that a movie makes a viewer experience the psychodynamics of an encounter so profoundly -- usually theater is a better medium for that -- but Moncrieff has exceptional skills.

| Original Score: 3/4

May 23, 2003
Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
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The story is so well-acted and honestly written that after a while it stops bothering us that we know where it's going.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: B

May 23, 2003
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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It's that central dance between teacher and student that makes the movie both hard to watch and worth your attention -- a subtle waltz of power in which it's difficult to tell who's leading until too late.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3/4

May 23, 2003

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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May 23, 2003
Jane Sumner
Dallas Morning News
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It's a writer-director's important debut and a giant leap to leading roles for a brave actress.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: B-

May 22, 2003
Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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As bitterness piles upon disappointment piles upon loneliness, Blue Car stalls under the weight of its emotional baggage.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 22, 2003
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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I didn't like Blue Car, and the only thing I found appalling is how blatantly predicable and pseudo-daring the supposedly appalling stuff is.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: D+

May 22, 2003
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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A coming-of-age tale acted with such honesty, and directed with such quiet understanding of its troubled characters, that its nearly unrelenting grimness takes on a poetic quality.

| Original Score: 3/4

May 16, 2003
C.W. Nevius
San Francisco Chronicle
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From the rain-streaked windshield to the unaffected line readings from a stellar cast, there is not a shot in Blue Car that doesn't ring true.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

May 16, 2003
Tom Long
Detroit News
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Blue Car isn't an easy ride, but it's worth taking.

| Original Score: B

May 16, 2003
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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A valuable cautionary tale.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

May 16, 2003
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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A beautifully crafted and painfully sincere movie that makes most dramas about teenagers seem about as real and relevant as American Pie.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 3/4

May 16, 2003
Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
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Thanks to Bruckner and Strathairn, who's queasy beyond the call of duty, this is one indie that resonates well beyond the end credits.

Full Review Source: San Jose Mercury News | Original Score: 3/4

May 15, 2003
Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
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For the most part, Blue Car succeeds in fulfilling Meg's assignment to 'touch the hidden nerve.'

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

May 15, 2003
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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It's rare that a first-time director demonstrates such a sure hand, but Moncrieff is the real deal.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 4/5

May 9, 2003
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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The movie unfolds, wobbling between scenes that feel fresh and genuine and others that feel seriously overfreighted with ethical judgments.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 9, 2003
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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... this film is so smart ...

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

May 5, 2003
Bob Campbell
Newark Star-Ledger
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A cozy, well-made vehicle without the capacity to carry everything that writer-director Karen Moncrieff piles into it.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 2, 2003
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
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A fine first film, and one you won't easily forget.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 2, 2003
Megan Lehmann
New York Post
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An unflinchingly honest coming-of-age portrait.

| Original Score: 3/4

May 2, 2003
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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A most impressive writing and directing debut for Karen Moncrieff.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4/5

May 1, 2003
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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Has the feel of a novel in which the characters linger in one's memory well after the book has been read.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 3/4

May 1, 2003
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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Even with its drawbacks, Blue Car remains an intimate, thoughtful drama, with a performance no one is likely to forget.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

May 1, 2003
John Anderson
Newsday
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Intimate, honest, if occasionally contrived.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 1, 2003
Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
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A quietly devastating song for our lonely age.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

May 1, 2003
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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Ms. Moncrieff's mature direction distills nuanced performances from her actors to tell a well-balanced, compelling and enlightening story with refreshing candor.

May 1, 2003
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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Strathairn's portrayal of a flawed man is so moving and Bruckner's Meg so painfully true -- a breakthrough performance -- that thoughts of Lolita are left far behind.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: A

April 30, 2003
Laura Sinagra
Village Voice
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A teacher-student tangle that uses its So-Called Lifeness as a beard for interactions that veer from everyday surreal to hauntingly injurious.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

April 29, 2003
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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Strathairn works miracles by finding the humanity in a deeply flawed man. And Bruckner is an amazement, piercing the heart without begging for sympathy.

| Original Score: 3/4

November 6, 2002
Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
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Handles a difficult subject with an admirable mixture of sensitivity and frankness.

August 21, 2002
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