The Place Beyond The Pines Reviews

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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
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-
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
Martin Roberts
Fan The Fire
June 12, 2013
While it feels frustratingly disjointed, The Place Beyond The Pines also possesses moments of real power.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
John Serba
MLive.com
May 31, 2013
By linking [three vignettes], Cianfrance explores larger themes that enrich the otherwise patience-testing 140-minute experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Simon Miraudo
Quickflix
May 22, 2013
A memorable, thoughtful tale; a thriller with real meat on the bone.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Margot Harrison
Seven Days
May 22, 2013
Would Pines have worked better as a 13-episode cable drama? Probably. Yet its atmosphere comes through beautifully on the big screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
May 20, 2013
Cianfrance uses the film's gritty visuals to enhance the character's experiences, starting with a vibe reminiscent of a 90's thrash metal video clip, then moving into police footage territory before ultimately setting a wistful tone for the third act.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 17, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Carla Meyer
Sacramento Bee
May 17, 2013
"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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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