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Coastlines Reviews

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May 29, 2006
The filmmaker's laconic pacing becomes a hindrance to any intended measure of suspense, just as his dedication to crafting a tangible sense of place comes at the expense of fleshed-out characters and motivation
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 30, 2006
Sometimes it's best to leave those old scripts in the trunk, a view borne out by Coastlines,a melodramatic step backward for writer-director Victor Nunez after his last two pictures.
April 25, 2008
Disappointing low-key modern film noir.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
May 30, 2006
Nuņez's idea of the characters' ordinariness translates to flavorlessness, and he lights and shoots his scenes with a high schooler's care, often not even bothering to match up sight lines.
May 30, 2006
Enough of the ingredients for a sultry downscale noir are in place in Coastlines, that once the film turns perversely goody-good, it leaves you feeling vaguely disgruntled.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
June 9, 2006
The stuff of pulp, seriously at odds with what the writer-director has always done best. That is, show the inner workings of people, their needs, their fears, their small dreams.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 1, 2007
Seems to want to make a point but never does.
May 31, 2006
[The love triangle] plays more like canned heat than blazing inferno...
Read More | Original Score: C+
June 16, 2006
A skeeter noir bogged down in the unconvincing pulp of a melodrama without conviction.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
May 31, 2006
As they say, two out of three ain't bad, and we look forward to more winners by Nunez.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
June 2, 2006
Nunez's fans will appreciate his ability to evoke a palpable atmosphere. But there's just not enough spark in his scorched setting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
June 16, 2006
Despite good performances, this attempt to intertwine a crime thriller with a love triangle never gels...Fans of Ulee's Gold, Ruby in Paradise, and A Flash of Green are likely to feel disappointed by this decidedly lesser effort.
July 13, 2006
The third entry lacks the subtle power of the previous two efforts.
May 6, 2006
Integral to the plot of Coastlines is its setting -- indeed articulated in the very title.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 20, 2007
Again, Nunez proves himself a master of understatement, presenting another poignant, slice-of-life drama peopled with vulnerable, fully fleshed-out characters caught-up in a complex situation.
| Original Score: 3/4
July 27, 2006
There's so much simmering behind the characters that the film seems to get away from Nunez, which is fine. The messy emotions and illogic of human nature defines this drama.
Full Review | Original Score: B
May 31, 2006
Nunez's multidimensional character development, with fine performances by Olyphant, Brolin, Wynter and Angela Bettis as one of Sonny's old flames, lends weight to the schematic plot points.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
July 13, 2006
The talent is still there, the film better than most. It just needs less crime, more love.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
June 16, 2006
Proves that while Ulee's Gold was an exceptional movie, it wasn't a fluke. Nuņez just needs to search past the Panhandle for fresh material.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 29, 2006
By Nunez's high standards, Coastlines is conventional and outdated, a problematic hybrid of a generic crime melodrama and a more personal tale of a flawed hero who has fallen from grace and needs to restore his inner self (Nunez's specialty).
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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