Forty Shades of Blue Reviews

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
Just more art house malarkey...
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
February 20, 2009
Aspires to tell us something revealing about compromised souls.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Anton Bitel
June 15, 2007
This plodding mood-piece is as emotionally engaging as a paint catalogue.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
August 5, 2006
...a sporadically well-acted curiosity.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Matthew Turner
June 29, 2006
Impressively directed, low-key drama that really gets under your skin, thanks to strong performances from its three leads.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
May 11, 2006
Korzun . . . is a non-presence, a brittle facade . . . a sketchy screenplay [adds up to] Zero Depths of Feeling . . . a flat, tasteless, faux-Euromance.
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Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic
February 2, 2006
It contains some very good performances and some finely observed writing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
January 27, 2006
... both emotionally captivating and elusive ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
January 12, 2006
"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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
December 20, 2005
The magnificent Korzun ... [delivers] a performance of internalized anguish.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
December 16, 2005
Subtle and morose to a fault, in the end it's just Junebug, another Sundance downer, without the heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
December 8, 2005
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
November 27, 2005
A nicely tuned American indie drama in a minor key...
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
November 23, 2005
The characters are going through significant life crises, yet we're given no particular reason to like them or be interested.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 3, 2005
[Torn's] acting so well he not only creates this character, but makes him into an object lesson.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
November 3, 2005
Forty Shades of Blue hits you like a shot of moonshine whiskey. Right in the gut, with a buzz that just keeps going.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
October 29, 2005
A so-what time waster.
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Tom Long
Detroit News
October 28, 2005
A nuanced meditation on the context of happiness and the problem with great expectations.
| Original Score: B+
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
October 28, 2005
[Sachs] fails to make us care enough about the characters to share their pain.
| Original Score: 2/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
October 27, 2005
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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