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Blue Valentine (2010)

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87

Average Rating: 7.8/10
Reviews Counted: 190
Fresh: 166 | Rotten: 24

This emotionally gripping examination of a marriage on the rocks isn't always easy to watch, but Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling give performances of unusual depth and power.

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Average Rating: 8.2/10
Critic Reviews: 41
Fresh: 35 | Rotten: 6

This emotionally gripping examination of a marriage on the rocks isn't always easy to watch, but Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling give performances of unusual depth and power.

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A relationship is charted from its promising beginning to its sad collapse in this independent drama from Derek Cianfrance. Dean (Ryan Gosling) meets Cindy (Michelle Williams) when they're in their late teens; he's working for a moving company, she's a college student visiting her elderly grandmother at a home for the elderly. Cindy is dating Bobby (Mike Vogel), her boyfriend from high school, but as she gets to know Dean better, a mutual attraction grows between them. Years later, Dean and

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Drama, Romance

Derek Cianfrance, Cami Delavigne, Joey Curtis

May 10, 2011

$9.7M

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Blue Valentine has a rare emotional intensity. There is no way to prepare for its final frames, inevitable as they are.

February 11, 2011 Full Review Source: Newsday | Comment (1)
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A searing portrait of the disintegration of not just a marriage but, more importantly, the love that once fueled it.

January 19, 2011 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Comment (1)
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An autopsy of a failed marriage, it contrasts the giddy honeymoon beginning with the sad denouement after dysfunction has devastated the groundwork of hope and newness.

January 16, 2011 Full Review Source: ReelViews | Comment (1)
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Blue Valentine comes on like a bittersweet cautionary tale.

January 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Denver Post | Comment (1)
Denver Post
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It's not an easy movie, but it is a powerful, unforgettable experience.

January 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Detroit News
Detroit News
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Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling tear up the screen.

January 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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Cianfrance dives deeply into the happiness and heartache a damaged relationship can give you and has created a story that understands how real life romance actually works.

August 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Gordon and the Whale
Gordon and the Whale

Blue Valentine is interestingly styled and shot. It features outstanding performances from Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams and an inventive screenplay and structure.

August 10, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

A cold but commendable relationship drama.

June 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Big Hollywood
Big Hollywood

Unlike Bergman's searing Scenes from a Marriage, which sustains itself for every one of its 299 devastating minutes, Blue Valentine begins to falter somewhere during its 114.

June 20, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine
Film Comment Magazine

[Director] Cianfrance is not interested in the Hollywood fairytale, he want to show that love can scar.

October 5, 2012 Full Review Source: The Aristocrat
The Aristocrat

What we end up with here is 2/3 of a story that consequently feels incomplete. It obviously wanted to be something like "(500) Days of Summer" in terms of structure, but the writers just didn't know how to get up to that level.

September 21, 2012 Full Review Source: Examiner.com
Examiner.com

Blue Valentine deserves a wide audience. But it is probably too authentically tragic to get it.

July 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Cinemania

A pesar de su por momentos dolorosa disección de una pareja, Blue Valentine es una hermosa historia de amor condenada al fracaso (así de paradójico). Y está animada por dos intérpretes de excepción.

September 11, 2011 Full Review Source: Uruguay Total
Uruguay Total

Moments so potent they seem to put the actors at emotional risk

July 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Movie Habit | Comment (1)
Movie Habit

An engaging and tough drama, for sure, but its ascension to instant indie classic on the back of festival screenings has left this reviewer slightly stumped.

July 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Digital Spy
Digital Spy

... a crucible for very powerful performances and a convincing relationship in all its contradictions.

May 26, 2011 Full Review Source: MSN.com
MSN.com

An enormously overheated yet oddly affecting movie gets an appropriately earnest DVD treatment.

May 17, 2011 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

...the film's unevenness ultimately [prevents] it from packing the emotional punch that Cianfrance is clearly going for.

May 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

From the movie's standpoint, [its story] is a common tragedy that deserves acknowledgment and pity, and it pulls absolutely no punches in sharing its view.

May 12, 2011 Full Review Source: Window to the Movies
Window to the Movies

It's so close to achieving greatness it hurts.

April 28, 2011 Full Review Source: Projection Booth | Comments (3)
Projection Booth

It's complicated, like real life.

April 16, 2011 Full Review Source: Florida Times-Union
Florida Times-Union

The bitter end still catches you by surprise with its crushing sadness.

April 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Movies.com
Movies.com

Workshop-patchy

March 14, 2011 Full Review Source: CinePassion | Comments (2)
CinePassion

Knowing where the relationship is headed lends bittersweet notes to the scenes from the past, but the conclusions Blue Valentine draws ultimately feel pat.

March 9, 2011 Full Review Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema | Comments (4)
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

...a raw, emotionally devastating experience.

March 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Comment (1)
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Audience Reviews for Blue Valentine

Well acted but slow and depressing.
March 28, 2014
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jay nixon

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"Blue Valentine" will make every one of your heart strings fall to the floor, but in the best way possible. It is so true-to-life that it becomes very hard to watch, as you see the characters on screen go through so much happiness and so much heartache at the same time. It is definitely not your typical romance flick. There is more heart in this film than any romantic venture I've taken in the longest time. Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams have amazing chemistry, whether they are in good or bad standings throughout the film. It is beautifully directed and perfectly scripted, leaving a lot of the emotion to run through the actors, and not so much through dialogue. This film, as far as romantics go, is near perfect! I love it! But be warned, it will leave you gutless.
April 12, 2013
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

Dean: I didn't want to be somebody's husband and I didn't want to be somebody's dad, that wasn't my goal in life. But somehow it was. I work so I can do that.

"A Love Story"

Blue Valentine is pessimistic filmmaking, but great pessimistic filmmaking. It's what you'd almost label as an anti-love story and I would feel comfortable calling it a cautionary film as well. This isn't a romance film in the form we are used to seeing. It's not all happy endings and sunshine. This is a romance film for the divorce generation. The utter lack of optimism throughout the movie will definitely be a turnoff to some, but if you can appreciate a movie for being something different, then Blue Valentine is worth a look.

Blue Valentine follows a marriage between Dean and Cindy. It cuts between the present and the past. We see Dean and Cindy's marriage slowly unraveling as we see them fall in love too. I think the movie is brilliantly put together. Everything works in the order we're given, even though it isn't the order of the events. It works in a style that is close to, but not exactly along the lines of 500 Days of Summer. 

The movie hooked me right off the bat and the reason is because of the two leads. Ryan Gosling and Michele Williams are two of the best in the business right now and together, they are more than amazing. Gosling has a way of just bringing power to his performances that few actors are able to do nowadays. Williams also has an extreme power to her performance. The chemistry between the two is off the charts. They have to play two people falling in love and falling out of love and they do it with such ease and precision. 

This isn't a film for everyone. The independent and gritty feel of the film may be off-putting or maybe even unnerving to some. However, if you are like me and love independent films that are honest, even if the honesty isn't what we want to hear; then this is a film for you. 
April 6, 2013
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Melvin White

Super Reviewer

I thought it was pretty good. It was shot very creatively, they were nice to watch. It really shows the reality of marriage and why 50% of them end in divorce. The film is edited just like 500 Days of Summer, but I think 500 Days did it better. When the movie was flashing back and forth I felt like I was missing some things. I dont quite understand why Gosling turned into such a douchebag. In the beginning he was a little obnoxious, but kind of adorable, and at the end he was like an alcoholic jackass. Not sure how that happened and I wish I had seen the transition from obnoxious cutie to raging drunk.

I thought all of the performances were great, but I didnt really like the characters. I liked Dean as a young boy, but not when he was older. I didnt like the wife at all. She seemed like a slutty mcbitcherson. 25 sexual partners? And then shes with Dean and Bobby at the same time and gets pregnant? What a dirty hoe. It seemed like throughout the movie Dean loved her, but she didnt love him. Actually now that I think about it she is probably the reason Dean drinks so much. Spending the rest of your life with that bitch? Godspeed....

-typed from my ipad, apologize for any errors-
March 11, 2013
Japes
Japes .

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    1. Cindy: I never want to be like my parents. I know they must've loved each other at one time right? To just get it all out of the way before they had me. How do you trust your feelings when they can just disappear like that?
    – Submitted by Samira O (5 days ago)
    1. Dean: Tell me how I should be. Just tell me. I'll do it.
    – Submitted by Andrea M (8 months ago)
    1. Dean: Come on baby, we're going to the future.
    – Submitted by Will R (9 months ago)
    1. Cindy: How do you trust your feelings when they can just disappear like that?
    – Submitted by Omar F (15 months ago)
    1. Dean: What's your name?
    2. Cindy: Go away.
    3. Dean: Go away? That's a weird name.
    – Submitted by Japes . (15 months ago)
    1. Dean: It's like when you hear a song... and you gotta dance.
    – Submitted by Josh S (18 months ago)
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