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The film is unfortunately front-loaded with more art movie cliches than you can count, but once they get out the way the trans-generational story does close its grip on you.
| Original Score: 3/5
"Place Beyond the Pines" will not lift spirits. Yet there are hints of hope attached to the film's view that change is possible -- if people can just get out of their own way.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
A huge leap forward for Cianfrance, who is rapidly distinguishing himself as a true auteur.
| Original Score: B+
Bleak, raw, epic and vibrating with energy, Pines is a film to haunt your dreams, and, so far, the best thing I've seen in a cinema in 2013.
| Original Score: 5/5
While it is still a rewarding film on face value, The Place Beyond the Pines offers additional pleasures for viewers keen to delve further.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
...the best kind of film: big enough to be bracing, but small enough to draw you right in, and then exercise a firm, vice-like grip.
It's the interesting characters and their thought-provoking choices that make this film so compelling.
An ambitious and twisting crime drama about fathers, sons and responsibility.
Cianfrance creates a layered and moving portrait of working-class life, of people trying-- in many of the wrong ways-- to improve lives for themselves and the generations to come.
| Original Score: 4/5
This ambitious tale of tragedy and redemption among fathers and sons is told in three parts and, despite a superb performance from Ryan Gosling, is less than the sum of its parts.
Gosling delivers his most assured performance yet, in an ambitious, near-operatic drama-thriller that boldly unfolds across two distinctly different hours.
With the final act, as we see the longer term impact of earlier actions, the film attains something akin to epic status, stirring notions of classic Greek tragedy before scaling back and completing itself as a contemporary morality tale
Mike Patton's grumbling song The Weight of Consequences eloquently reflects the hard-hitting theme of this provocative and gripping film in which three troubled roads are travelled
Cianfrance handles these large leaps in time with grace; he doesn't seem to leave anything out. His camera lingers generously over small moments so that no character gets lost in time.
| Original Score: 3/4
The Place Beyond the Pines is a deeply affecting family drama about paternal responsibility, a riveting crime story, a cop movie and a tragedy.
A film of two distinct halves and it works to provide a dual character study of paternity and legacy
The most satisfying cinematic experience we've had at the multiplex thus far this year, and largely through its disinterest in playing along with movie trends.
Not since Steve McQueen has any man looked cooler on a motorbike. Men admire him, women adore him, Ryan Gosling proves again, he is the most dynamic film star working in cinema today.
| Original Score: 7/10
Great cast but the script meanders and ends up nowhere.
| Original Score: 5/10
It allows you to really observe its characters and to ponder the themes that fuel the plot. For that reason, it is a film that makes a deeply emotional impact.