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Forty Shades of Blue Reviews

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Aspires to tell us something revealing about compromised souls.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: B-

February 20, 2009
Dan Callahan
Slant Magazine

Forty Shades of Blue is wonderfully unconventional, truthful and touching.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine

November 25, 2008
Matthew Turner

Impressively directed, low-key drama that really gets under your skin, thanks to strong performances from its three leads.

Full Review Source: ViewLondon | Original Score: 3/5

June 29, 2006
Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic
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It contains some very good performances and some finely observed writing.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3/5

February 2, 2006
Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
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... both emotionally captivating and elusive ...

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/4

January 27, 2006
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

The magnificent Korzun ... [delivers] a performance of internalized anguish.

Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness | Original Score: B+

December 20, 2005
Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
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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 Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: B+

December 8, 2005
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

A nicely tuned American indie drama in a minor key...

Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer | Original Score: B+

November 27, 2005
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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[Torn's] acting so well he not only creates this character, but makes him into an object lesson.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

November 3, 2005
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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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 Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: B+

November 3, 2005
Tom Long
Detroit News
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A nuanced meditation on the context of happiness and the problem with great expectations.

| Original Score: B+

October 28, 2005
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

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 Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 3/4

October 27, 2005
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

As messy and exhilarating as life.

Full Review Source: Film Freak Central | Original Score: 4/4

October 25, 2005
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune

You can't take a movie like this one from a veteran like Torn, who is terrific, but Korzun anchors the movie with dense subtlety and watchful detailing.

Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

October 21, 2005
Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
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The payoff comes at the end with a glimpse smack into the souls of characters more complex than those usually seen onscreen.

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

October 14, 2005
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

Has the plaintive, lyrical feel of a classic Southern short-story.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

October 14, 2005
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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Director Ira Sachs moves to the rhythms of his native Memphis, teasing emotional resonance out of geography.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B+

October 12, 2005
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News

It feels mighty real, and veteran Torn's almost all-impulse performance adds greatly to the sense of life unfolding, in its messy uncertainty and grabbed-for satisfaction, right before our eyes.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News | Original Score: 3/4

October 7, 2005
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
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Forty Shades of Blue is a daring film, full of muffled yet suggestive moments.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4.5/5

October 6, 2005
Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
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A jolt of backwoods moonshine whiskey injected into the veins of the atrophied American relationship drama.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

October 6, 2005

Sight and Sound
June 18, 2012
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
Wally Hammond
Time Out New York
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August 16, 2007
Steve Rose
Guardian [UK]
January 27, 2007
Andrew O'Hehir
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October 7, 2006

Sight and Sound
September 28, 2006

July 1, 2006

Time Out
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June 24, 2006
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
May 6, 2006

Jam! Movies
March 11, 2006
Steve Schneider
Orlando Weekly
December 17, 2005

Boston Phoenix
December 6, 2005

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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December 6, 2005

Deseret News, Salt Lake City
October 29, 2005

AV Club
October 8, 2005
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