• 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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Damien Straker
Impulse Gamer

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 Source: Impulse Gamer | Original Score: 3/5

January 19, 2014
Greg Evans
Bloomberg News

As schematic as a family tree.

Full Review Source: Bloomberg News

March 29, 2013
Eddie Harrison
The List

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 Source: The List | Original Score: 3/5

March 5, 2013
Roger Moore
Movie Nation

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

Full Review Source: Movie Nation | Original Score: 2/4

March 26, 2013
Alonso Duralde
What the Flick?!

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

Full Review Source: What the Flick?!

March 29, 2013
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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For the most part ... this is self-serious stuff, seething with ambition but almost devoid of spontaneity, and ultimately drained of genuine energy.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

March 28, 2013
Michael A. Smith
MediaMikes

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 Source: MediaMikes | Original Score: 2/5

April 19, 2013
Robert Levin
amNewYork

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

Full Review Source: amNewYork | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 28, 2013
Tony Macklin
tonymacklin.net

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

Full Review Source: tonymacklin.net | Original Score: 2.0/5

March 30, 2013
Nicolas Rapold
Film Comment Magazine

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.

Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine

June 14, 2013
Gary Wolcott
Tri-City Herald

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 Source: Tri-City Herald | Original Score: 2.5/5

April 20, 2013
Simon Abrams
Chicago Sun-Times
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An over-stuffed, hyper-pulpy, and mostly trite trifurcated drama about family, crime, and moral ambiguity.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 1.5/4

March 28, 2013
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

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 Source: ColeSmithey.com | Original Score: C+

February 14, 2013
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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''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 Source: Associated Press | Original Score: 2/4

March 27, 2013
Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly
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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 Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C

March 27, 2013
Matt Pais
RedEye

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

Full Review Source: RedEye | Original Score: 2/4

April 4, 2013
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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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 Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 4, 2013
Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit

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

Full Review Source: Movie Habit

November 1, 2013
Wesley Morris
Grantland

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.

Full Review Source: Grantland

January 3, 2014
Rafer Guzman
Newsday
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Its three stories are so loosely connected, its themes so scattered -- morality, justice, fate, fatherhood -- that it never manages to make a point.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2/4

April 11, 2013
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