Forty Shades of Blue Reviews

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
February 20, 2009
Aspires to tell us something revealing about compromised souls.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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
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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
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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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+
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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+
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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+
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
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
October 25, 2005
As messy and exhilarating as life.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
October 21, 2005
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
October 14, 2005
The payoff comes at the end with a glimpse smack into the souls of characters more complex than those usually seen onscreen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
October 14, 2005
Has the plaintive, lyrical feel of a classic Southern short-story.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
October 12, 2005
Director Ira Sachs moves to the rhythms of his native Memphis, teasing emotional resonance out of geography.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News
October 7, 2005
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
October 6, 2005
Forty Shades of Blue is a daring film, full of muffled yet suggestive moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
October 6, 2005
A jolt of backwoods moonshine whiskey injected into the veins of the atrophied American relationship drama.
Emanuel Levy
October 6, 2005
Rip Torn's volcanic turn elevates this awakening story of a Russian immigrant, which suffers from a rambling narrative and unexciting direction.
Full Review | Original Score: C+

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June 18, 2012
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Wally Hammond
Time Out
August 16, 2007
Steve Rose
January 27, 2007
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Andrew O'Hehir
October 7, 2006

Sight and Sound
September 28, 2006
July 1, 2006
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Time Out
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
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
December 6, 2005

Deseret News, Salt Lake City
October 29, 2005
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AV Club
October 8, 2005
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