The Place Beyond The Pines Reviews

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Sean Burns
The Improper Bostonian
May 12, 2015
Derek Cianfrance could probably be a great filmmaker if he wasn't trying so hard to be a Great Filmmaker
Clayton Davis
AwardsCircuit.com
September 16, 2014
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
Austin Trunick
Under the Radar
August 18, 2014
The Place Beyond the Pines isn't a bad movie; it's three bad movies strung together by implausible logic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/10
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
August 7, 2014
A jumbled triptych that frequently meanders without finding its center.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Christopher Runyon
Movie Mezzanine
February 20, 2014
A powerful, towering, yet intimately-told epic with excellent performances, a unique structure, and a story told with as much passion and angst as the myriad sons in the film.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Damien Straker
Impulse Gamer
January 19, 2014
By the third story, in a movie that is two hours and twenty minutes long, I had grown weary of the film's heavy-handedness
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Wesley Morris
Grantland
January 3, 2014
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.
Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit
November 1, 2013
Cianfrance doesn't always connect, but when he does, watch out
Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show
October 13, 2013
The Place Beyond the Pines is a heart-wrenching epic poem that quashes the delusion that sons won't be affected by the actions of their fathers.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Travis Hopson
Examiner.com
October 9, 2013
Shot in melancholic, muted tones, The Place Beyond the Pines paints a gorgeous portrait of rural America, surrounded by expansive views of the countryside that hint at a deep history.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
August 17, 2013
The movie is constructed like a three-act saga, with only the third part failing to satisfy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jason Best
Movie Talk
August 12, 2013
Terrifically captivating, whether delivering breathless action, knuckle-whitening suspense or moments of quiet intimacy.
Jeremy Lebens
We Got This Covered
August 6, 2013
Derek Cianfrance's The Place Beyond the Pines is an epic film that towers high above the rest as the very best film of 2013.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
August 6, 2013
Writer-director Derek Cianfrance gained considerable attention for his 2010 drama Blue Valentine, and he has created an even finer movie with The Place Beyond the Pines.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeff Beck
Examiner.com
August 5, 2013
"The Place Beyond the Pines" is a great example of daring storytelling and easily qualifies as one of the year's best.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Eric D. Snider
About.com
July 12, 2013
Bites off a little more than it can chew in that respect, but it's still a deeply affecting drama with a powerful impact.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
July 8, 2013
With The Place Beyond the Pines, Derek Cianfrance definitively establishes himself as an up-and-coming filmmaker with serious potential...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Frances Morton
Flicks.co.nz
June 30, 2013
Stretches the scope of the film well beyond crime thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
John Hanlon
Big Hollywood
June 30, 2013
An ambitious and thought-provoking film with a beautiful score and some of the biggest narrative twists of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.0/5
Nicolas Rapold
Film Comment Magazine
June 14, 2013
Motivation is the weak link here, with characters major and minor making choices that don't compute and/or serve mainly to advance the narrative down the next twist of track toward the tragedy looming on the horizon.
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