• R, 2 hr. 21 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Derek Cianfrance
    In Theaters:
    Mar 29, 2013 Limited
    On DVD:
    Jul 23, 2013
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The Place Beyond The Pines Reviews

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Clayton Davis

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 Source: AwardsCircuit.com | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 16, 2014
Christopher Runyon
Movie Mezzanine

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 Source: Movie Mezzanine | Original Score: A-

February 20, 2014
Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show

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 Source: 2UE That Movie Show | Original Score: 4.5/5

October 13, 2013
Travis Hopson

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 Source: Examiner.com | Original Score: 4/5

October 9, 2013
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

The movie is constructed like a three-act saga, with only the third part failing to satisfy.

Full Review Source: Creative Loafing | Original Score: 3/4

August 17, 2013
Jason Best
Movie Talk

Terrifically captivating, whether delivering breathless action, knuckle-whitening suspense or moments of quiet intimacy.

Full Review Source: Movie Talk

August 12, 2013
Jeremy Lebens
We Got This Covered

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 Source: We Got This Covered | Original Score: 5/5

August 6, 2013
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal

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 Source: Reno Gazette-Journal | Original Score: 3/4

August 6, 2013
Jeff Beck

"The Place Beyond the Pines" is a great example of daring storytelling and easily qualifies as one of the year's best.

Full Review Source: Examiner.com | Original Score: 4/5

August 5, 2013
Eric D. Snider

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 Source: About.com | Original Score: 4/5

July 12, 2013
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

With The Place Beyond the Pines, Derek Cianfrance definitively establishes himself as an up-and-coming filmmaker with serious potential...

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 3/4

July 8, 2013
Frances Morton

Stretches the scope of the film well beyond crime thriller.

Full Review Source: Flicks.co.nz | Original Score: 4/5

June 30, 2013
John Hanlon
Big Hollywood

An ambitious and thought-provoking film with a beautiful score and some of the biggest narrative twists of the year.

Full Review Source: Big Hollywood | Original Score: 4.0/5

June 30, 2013
Martin Roberts
Fan The Fire

While it feels frustratingly disjointed, The Place Beyond The Pines also possesses moments of real power.

Full Review Source: Fan The Fire | Original Score: 4/5

June 12, 2013
John Serba

By linking [three vignettes], Cianfrance explores larger themes that enrich the otherwise patience-testing 140-minute experience.

Full Review Source: MLive.com | Original Score: 3/4

May 31, 2013
Simon Miraudo

A memorable, thoughtful tale; a thriller with real meat on the bone.

Full Review Source: Quickflix | Original Score: 4/5

May 22, 2013
Margot Harrison
Seven Days

Would Pines have worked better as a 13-episode cable drama? Probably. Yet its atmosphere comes through beautifully on the big screen.

Full Review Source: Seven Days | Original Score: 8/10

May 22, 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 Source: Rip It Up | Original Score: 4/5

May 20, 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 Source: 3AW | Original Score: 3/5

May 17, 2013
Carla Meyer
Sacramento Bee

"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 Source: Sacramento Bee | Original Score: 3.5/4

May 17, 2013
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