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.
| Original Score: A-
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
| Original Score: 3/5
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.
Cianfrance doesn't always connect, but when he does, watch out
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.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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.
| Original Score: 4/5
The movie is constructed like a three-act saga, with only the third part failing to satisfy.
| Original Score: 3/4
Terrifically captivating, whether delivering breathless action, knuckle-whitening suspense or moments of quiet intimacy.
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.
| Original Score: 5/5
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.
"The Place Beyond the Pines" is a great example of daring storytelling and easily qualifies as one of the year's best.
Bites off a little more than it can chew in that respect, but it's still a deeply affecting drama with a powerful impact.
With The Place Beyond the Pines, Derek Cianfrance definitively establishes himself as an up-and-coming filmmaker with serious potential...
Stretches the scope of the film well beyond crime thriller.
An ambitious and thought-provoking film with a beautiful score and some of the biggest narrative twists of the year.
| Original Score: 4.0/5
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.
While it feels frustratingly disjointed, The Place Beyond The Pines also possesses moments of real power.
By linking [three vignettes], Cianfrance explores larger themes that enrich the otherwise patience-testing 140-minute experience.
A memorable, thoughtful tale; a thriller with real meat on the bone.
Would Pines have worked better as a 13-episode cable drama? Probably. Yet its atmosphere comes through beautifully on the big screen.
| Original Score: 8/10