Aspires to tell us something revealing about compromised souls.
| Original Score: B-
Forty Shades of Blue is wonderfully unconventional, truthful and touching.
Impressively directed, low-key drama that really gets under your skin, thanks to strong performances from its three leads.
| Original Score: 3/5
It contains some very good performances and some finely observed writing.
... both emotionally captivating and elusive ...
| Original Score: 3/4
The magnificent Korzun ... [delivers] a performance of internalized anguish.
| Original Score: B+
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...
[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 nuanced meditation on the context of happiness and the problem with great expectations.
| Original Score: B+
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.
As messy and exhilarating as life.
| Original Score: 4/4
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.
The payoff comes at the end with a glimpse smack into the souls of characters more complex than those usually seen onscreen.
Has the plaintive, lyrical feel of a classic Southern short-story.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Director Ira Sachs moves to the rhythms of his native Memphis, teasing emotional resonance out of geography.
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.
Forty Shades of Blue is a daring film, full of muffled yet suggestive moments.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
A jolt of backwoods moonshine whiskey injected into the veins of the atrophied American relationship drama.