• 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

Wesley Morris
Grantland
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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
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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This naturalistic drama is ambitious to the point of being unwieldy... But once the story has advanced from one generation to the next and its thematic sweep has become apparent, these flaws seem much more tolerable.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

April 12, 2013
Tom Long
Detroit News
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"Pines" is hardy stuff, but it's at its toughest when Gosling's on screen.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: B

April 12, 2013
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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The Place Beyond the Pines is hackneyed and dull: Not a single moment rings true.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 2/4

April 11, 2013
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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This is a story about legacy, the sins of the father, the restlessness in our souls. It's powerful, it's bold, it hits you hard.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3.5/4

April 11, 2013
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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Cianfrance and his sterling cast keep it all together, vanquishing doubt and soap suds. There's a palpable sense of teamwork that brings out the best in all of these players.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/4

April 11, 2013
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
Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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"The Place Beyond the Pines" is an ambitious drama about the ways in which one bad decision can reverberate across generations.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 3/4

April 11, 2013
Tom Huddleston
Time Out
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Carefully observed and consistently compelling, it feels like an instant American classic, if a minor one.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 4/5

April 10, 2013
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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With the arrival of The Place Beyond the Pines, the American dramatic film has found a loyal, gifted advocate in director Derek Cianfrance.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3.5/4

April 5, 2013
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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As the sum of some admittedly imperfect parts, "The Place Beyond the Pines" still manages to cast its own haunting, sorrowful spell.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 5, 2013
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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[A] thoughtful and often powerful film ...

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

April 4, 2013
Kristin Tillotson
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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With more than 50 speaking roles, the film easily could have sprawled out of control into a predictable epic. But "The Place Beyond the Pines" holds enough intimacy - and surprise - to satisfy.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

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
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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Fine, fine, it's an epic. Now let us up for air, please.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3.5/5

April 4, 2013
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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You watch what happens, often dreading the worst. Even when the worst comes, though, it comes with honor and a kind of grace.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

April 4, 2013
Richard Roeper
Chicago Sun-Times
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"The Place Beyond the Pines" earns every second of its 140-minute running time.

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

April 4, 2013
David Thomson
The New Republic
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If there are better films this year, then we are in luck. If it opened in December it would seem a major event.

Full Review Source: The New Republic

April 1, 2013
Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
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The movie is intimate in its telling, sweeping in its issues and stumbles only occasionally.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

March 29, 2013
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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Its ambitions - even its unrealized ones - are a great part of its power.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 3.5/4

March 29, 2013
Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
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Structured as a triptych, the movie is novelistic, earnest and somewhat exhausting - an ambitious effort that tries to be many things.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

March 29, 2013
Dana Stevens
Slate
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Each chapter of The Place Beyond the Pines gets successively less interesting than the last ...

Full Review Source: Slate

March 28, 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
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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If, in the end, the film can't quite sustain its epic vision, it does, along the way, achieve the density and momentum of a good novel.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3/5

March 28, 2013
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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It's one of the best and most ambitious films of the year.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 3.5/4

March 28, 2013
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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[The Place Beyond The Pines] a beast of a movie, an emotional roller coaster that threatens to go off the rails, and does.

Full Review Source: Rolling Stone | Original Score: 3/4

March 28, 2013
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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This is a big movie with a lot on its mind. Slowly, it unfolds into a kind of epic.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3.5/4

March 28, 2013
David Denby
New Yorker
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The movie, which holds your attention from moment to moment, by the end leaves you grasping for the experience you haven't had.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

March 28, 2013
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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This emotionally ambitious mess has faults to spare, but there's also something fuzzily honest about it.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/5

March 28, 2013
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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Although The Place Beyond the Pines is not an unqualified success, when Cianfrance stumbles, it's because he's reaching for greatness ...

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

March 28, 2013
Nathan Rabin
AV Club
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To the film's credit, it's damn near impossible to imagine where The Place Beyond The Pines will end based on where it begins, even though its ever-widening scope causes it to lose some of the grubby intensity of its early scenes.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B

March 28, 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
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
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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Mr. Cianfrance's artistic vision catapults it above the limitations of contrivance and into a realm of constantly evolving shifts of tone and mood.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

March 27, 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
Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
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The movie looks great throughout, blending action, urban drama and family melodrama with a dark, thrumming undertone that holds them together.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

March 26, 2013
Scott Foundas
Village Voice
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Sure to inspire indifference and cultish admiration in nearly equal measure, this extravagant mess may someday be re-evaluated as a misunderstood masterpiece.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

March 26, 2013
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York
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There's a distinct feeling that the movie is trapped in its own pop psychology.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/5

March 26, 2013
David Rooney
Hollywood Reporter
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A somber and striking drama that takes some wrong turns but features a charismatic performance from Ryan Gosling in the leanest and best of its three sections.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

March 25, 2013
David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
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The segments are essentially monodramas, so sketchily written that the big moments feel less like recognizable human behavior than recognizable screenwriter overreaching.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

March 24, 2013

Globe and Mail
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A sweeping, bold and admirably ambitious crime movie triptych, which almost compensates for its occasional overreaching with sheer bravado and fully committed performances.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

January 22, 2013
Peter Debruge
Variety
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Overlong and under-conceived.

Full Review Source: Variety

January 22, 2013
Laremy Legel
Film.com
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There is true beauty in the despair that pervades "The Place Beyond The Pines."

Full Review Source: Film.com | Original Score: B

September 9, 2012
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