Forty Shades of Blue Reviews

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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
Anton Bitel
Film4
June 15, 2007
This plodding mood-piece is as emotionally engaging as a paint catalogue.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
February 26, 2005
A movie so contemplative and internal it makes 'Lost in Translation' look like a Schwarzenegger film.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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.
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
Just more art house malarkey...
Chelsea Bain
Boston Herald
October 21, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
October 13, 2005
Might just as well be called Forty Shades of Boredom.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
September 29, 2005
Forty Shades of Blue may be praised for bringing an often ignored character into the spotlight. But once she's there, we can guess why she's so often kept in the wings.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
August 5, 2006
...a sporadically well-acted curiosity.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Jeremy Mathews
Film Threat
February 5, 2005
It's a sure sign that a film is in trouble when the only character with any presence is a complete jerk.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Edward Havens
FilmJerk.com
October 8, 2005
So shallow and abhorrent, one might find themselves trying to think of all the different shades of blue mentioned in the title instead of paying attention to what's going on
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
October 29, 2005
A so-what time waster.
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
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Duane Byrge
Hollywood Reporter
February 5, 2005
Plodding and predictable.
Ray Greene
Boxoffice Magazine
March 13, 2005
Despite Torn's always lively presence and a stunning performance from Russian actress Dina Korzun, this is predictable soap opera stuff, served up with such hamfisted self-importance that patience chokes on even a small portion.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International
October 6, 2005
Hits plenty of wrong notes.
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune
October 21, 2005
The reasons to watch are the performances by Torn and Korzun, and how Sachs and Rohatyn draw on the actors to paint fascinating portraits [of these characters].
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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.

Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Steve Rose
Guardian
January 27, 2007
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Wally Hammond
Time Out
August 16, 2007
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
May 6, 2006
Steve Schneider
Orlando Weekly
December 17, 2005
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
October 7, 2006
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AV Club
October 8, 2005

Deseret News, Salt Lake City
October 29, 2005

Boston Phoenix
December 6, 2005
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
December 6, 2005

Jam! Movies
March 11, 2006
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Time Out
June 24, 2006

BBC.com
July 1, 2006

Sight and Sound
September 28, 2006

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June 18, 2012
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