• R, 2 hr. 21 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:    Derek Cianfrance
  • In Theaters:    Mar 29, 2013 Limited
  • On DVD:    Jul 23, 2013
  • Focus Features

The Place Beyond The Pines Reviews

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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
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
Greg Evans
Bloomberg News
March 29, 2013

As schematic as a family tree.

Eddie Harrison
The List
March 5, 2013

The result is an oddly broken-backed narrative, with three distinct chapters and no central character to carry the narrative. The ambition, to tell a complex story over two generations, is laudable, but the result isn't entirely satisfying.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Roger Moore
Movie Nation
March 26, 2013

An interesting movie, followed by a less interesting movie, followed by a third movie that's even weaker

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Alonso Duralde
What the Flick?!
March 29, 2013

Like a four-hour miniseries crammed into a 90-minute time slot.

Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic
March 28, 2013

For the most part ... this is self-serious stuff, seething with ambition but almost devoid of spontaneity, and ultimately drained of genuine energy.

Michael A. Smith
April 19, 2013

Basically a two act play, "The Place Beyond the Pines" attempts to be a clever puzzle but by the time the pieces are put into place you just want to sweep the whole thing off the table

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Robert Levin
March 28, 2013

The movie settles into conventional rhythms once the focus shifts to Bradley Cooper and completely loses its way after that.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Tony Macklin
March 30, 2013

The Place Beyond the Pines is ten pounds of film stuffed into a five-pound movie.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.0/5
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.

Gary Wolcott
Tri-City Herald
April 20, 2013

By the time director and co-writer Derek Cianfrance gets to the third act, it's a soap opera and not a very good one.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Simon Abrams
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic
March 28, 2013

An over-stuffed, hyper-pulpy, and mostly trite trifurcated drama about family, crime, and moral ambiguity.

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Cole Smithey
February 14, 2013

An unbalanced dual narrative plays out in Derek Cianfrance's ("Blue Valentine") unsteady attempt to extract universal truths about unintended legacies passed down from father to son.

Full Review | Original Score: C+
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
Top Critic
March 27, 2013

''The Place Beyond the Pines'' aims admirably for an epic sense of Greek tragedy, and it does have some powerful individual moments, but the characters are all so underdeveloped that the whole effort feels like studied posturing.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic
March 27, 2013

The Place Beyond the Pines wants to be a deep-dish meditation on fathers, sons, and the consequences of the decisions we make. But it's a slow-burner that burns so slowly its wick completely fizzles out.

Full Review | Original Score: C
Matt Pais
April 4, 2013

Attempts to depict a vicious circle of anguish that's as profound as a stacked deck eventually tipping over.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
Top Critic
April 4, 2013

Cianfrance hasn't figured out what he wants to say, but he spends a lot of time and energy trying to say it.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit
November 1, 2013

Cianfrance doesn't always connect, but when he does, watch out

Wesley Morris
Top Critic
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.

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