The Place Beyond The Pines (2013) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Place Beyond The Pines (2013)



Critic Consensus: Ambitious to a fault, The Place Beyond the Pines finds writer/director Derek Cianfrance reaching for -- and often grasping -- thorny themes of family, fatherhood, and fate.

Movie Info

The highly anticipated new drama from director Derek Cianfrance ("Blue Valentine") powerfully explores the consequences of motorcycle rider Luke's (Academy Award nominee Ryan Gosling) fateful decision to commit a crime to support his child. The incident renders him targeted by policeman Avery (Golden Globe Award nominee Bradley Cooper), and the two men become locked on a tense collision course which will have a devastating impact on both of their families in the years following. (c) Focusmore
Rating: R (for language throughout, some violence, teen drug and alcohol use, and a sexual reference)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Derek Cianfrance, Ben Coccio, Darius Marder
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 23, 2013
Box Office: $21.4M
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Eva Mendes
as Romina
Rose Byrne
as Jennifer
Ray Liotta
as Deluca
Bruce Greenwood
as Bill Killcullen
Harris Yulin
as Al Cross
John Facci
as Priest
Cynthia Pelletier-Su...
as Teller #1 - Bank #1
Mackenzie Trainor
as Teller #2 - Bank #1
Nicole Califano
as Teller #3 - Bank #1
Shannon Plumb
as Lady in Ice Cream Sh...
Tracey Agustin
as Teller #1 - Bank #2
Ean Egas
as Teller #2 - Bank #2
Bob Dieterich
as Banker Outside Bank ...
Thomas Mattice
as Booking Officer
Adam Nowichi
as Arresting Officer
Mark Caruso
as Court Lawyer
Vanessa Thorpe
as Court Officer
Gail Martino
as Teller - Bank #3
Brian Smyj
as Officer Jefferson
Dorothy Rutherford
as Mother at Home
Paul Steele
as Officer at Shootout ...
Robert Clohessy
as Chief Weirzbowski
Subrina Dhammi
as Reporter #1
Heather Chestnut
as Jennifer's Mother
Greta Seacat
as Cory Gilbeau
Luca Pierucci
as Doc Crow
Jessica Layton
as Reporter #2
James J. Gleason
as Funeral Director
Joe McCarthy
as Campaign Manager
Jefrey Pollock
as Campaign Advisor
Lynette Howell
as Political Media Advi...
Sarah Curcio
as Guidance Counselor
Mark McCracken
as Drug Busting Cop #1
Adriel Linyear
as Drug Busting Cop #2
Kevin Green
as Interrogating Cop
Jennifer Sober
as Public Defender
Melissa Mills
as Judge #2
Kayla Smalls
as Vanessa
Frank Falvo
as Pharmacy Clerk
Hugh T. Farley
as State Senator
Michael Cullen
as Mr. Anthony
William Paul Steele
as Officer at Shootout ...
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News & Interviews for The Place Beyond The Pines

Critic Reviews for The Place Beyond The Pines

All Critics (199) | Top Critics (43)

What Cianfrance has written has scraps of surprise and a fine chase sequence, but it doesn't reach for the stars or the emotional cosmos -- or, at least, it doesn't know how to get there.

Full Review… | January 3, 2014
Top Critic

It's rare to see a picture so bogged down by the breadth of its ambition, but Derek Cianfrance's second feature nearly collapses under its own weight.

Full Review… | April 16, 2016

That said, there's something about The Place Beyond the Pines that grows on you-something tragic, something that sits uncomfortably in the gut.

Full Review… | April 13, 2016
Christianity Today

Derek Cianfrance could probably be a great filmmaker if he wasn't trying so hard to be a Great Filmmaker

Full Review… | May 12, 2015
The Improper Bostonian

Utterly compelling with a magic wand of storytelling from writer/director Derek Cianfrance along with co-writers Ben Coccio and Darius Marber, The Place Beyond the Pines is one of the more natural and stylistic endeavors of 2013.

Full Review… | September 16, 2014

The Place Beyond the Pines isn't a bad movie; it's three bad movies strung together by implausible logic.

Full Review… | August 18, 2014
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Audience Reviews for The Place Beyond The Pines

Not just a decent family drama but an unusual look at how the sins of the father reverberate throughout the whole community, and throughout their generations. All of the featured players bring home the bacon but it is Gosling's often silent portrayal of unbearable longing the cinches this baby up quite nicely, devouring the screen.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

The connection between the characters is pretty interesting and executed well. Sadly the second half is not quite as engaging as the first, up until the somewhat anti-climatic solution. That may be realistic but feels a bit like the movie was going nowhere. Overall, the great acting and cinematography make it worth your while, though.

Jens S.

Super Reviewer


The scope of Cianfrance's follow-up to ''Blue Valentine'' may be larger than that film, but the director still has the ability to create engrossing characters and produce outstanding performances from his actors. Gosling gives one of his best performances and Cooper shows why his Oscar nomination for ''Silver Linings Playbook'' was no fluke. The cinematography, editing, music and direction are all pitch perfect but what makes Cianfrance's third feature so special is the themes it tackles and the way Cianfrance chooses to tackle them. There are many opportunities where the film could fall apart but Cianfrance structres the film in very assured fashion and never comes close to losing the audience. ''The Place Beyond the Pines'' is a surprising, sprawling and thought-provoking tale of old and young generations and what happens when certain people's morality is put to the test.

Liam Gadd
Liam Gadd

Super Reviewer

The Place Beyond The Pines Quotes

Luke: Promise me one thing, Ro. Don't tell him about me.
– Submitted by Jesse H (11 months ago)
Luke: He's my son and I should be around him. I wasn't around my dad and look at the fuckin' way I turned out.
– Submitted by Jeff R (2 years ago)
Luke: Who's that guy?
Malena: He's yours.
– Submitted by Jeff R (2 years ago)
Luke: Not since Hall and Oates has there been such a team.
– Submitted by Jeff R (2 years ago)

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