Aspires to tell us something revealing about compromised souls.
| Original Score: B-
Forty Shades of Blue is wonderfully unconventional, truthful and touching.
This plodding mood-piece is as emotionally engaging as a paint catalogue.
| Original Score: 2/5
...a sporadically well-acted curiosity.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Impressively directed, low-key drama that really gets under your skin, thanks to strong performances from its three leads.
| Original Score: 3/5
Korzun . . . is a non-presence, a brittle facade . . . a sketchy screenplay [adds up to] Zero Depths of Feeling . . . a flat, tasteless, faux-Euromance.
It contains some very good performances and some finely observed writing.
... both emotionally captivating and elusive ...
| Original Score: 3/4
"Forty Shades of Blue" might have benefited from a little more honest melodrama, as the film is so subtle at times that it barely registers.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
The magnificent Korzun ... [delivers] a performance of internalized anguish.
| Original Score: B+
Subtle and morose to a fault, in the end it's just Junebug, another Sundance downer, without the heart.
Ira Sachs' story of hereditary malaise, passed from father to son, will disappoint anyone looking for a propulsive narrative or slam-bang excitement. But it will amply reward patient viewers who prefer a slow burn.
A nicely tuned American indie drama in a minor key...
The characters are going through significant life crises, yet we're given no particular reason to like them or be interested.
[Torn's] acting so well he not only creates this character, but makes him into an object lesson.
Forty Shades of Blue hits you like a shot of moonshine whiskey. Right in the gut, with a buzz that just keeps going.
A so-what time waster.
A nuanced meditation on the context of happiness and the problem with great expectations.
| Original Score: B+
[Sachs] fails to make us care enough about the characters to share their pain.
| Original Score: 2/4
Korzun has a placid quality that may remind you of Liv Ullmann, and she keeps us riveted because her calm reactions are such an odd response to the outrageous behavior she's reacting to.