Blue Bayou Reviews

Sep 1, 2022
Blue Bayou supplements its social message with a sentimental yet sincerely stirring story anchored by touching turns from Justin Chon and Alicia Vikander.
Aug 17, 2022
“Blue Bayou” has a lot on its mind, and for many people it’s sure to open their eyes to some upsetting truths.
Aug 17, 2022
Justin Chon's new drama Blue Bayou captures that spirit of 90s indie arthouse like no film I have seen for quite some time.
Aug 13, 2022
A stirring and empathetic film that's also precise and intricate, especially when it comes to the emotional deluge weathered by its central trio.
Jul 15, 2022
Blue Bayou ... is an angry, affecting film that indicts US immigration policy for its brutality and dramatizes the hell through which people are put when they fall into the clutches of the authorities in question.
Jun 21, 2022
When "Blue Bayou" focuses on its main storyline, there is a lot to be praised, thanks to solid performances from Chon and Vikander. But there are too many side plots that muddy the story.
May 25, 2022
“Blue Bayou” does not simply pull at your heartstrings; instead, it leaves a gaping hole.
Apr 17, 2022
Besides hazy character motivations, its not always clear what ends Chon has in mind.
Feb 21, 2022
The strong performances and cinematography keep things afloat when the film loses a great deal of emotional intensity due to its overly melodramatic, overstuffed screenplay.
Feb 18, 2022
Blue Bayou is a must-see. Its a grounded, real-life look at the current state of the immigration system in this country.
Feb 12, 2022
Blue Bayou might not be a true masterpiece and clearly bites off way more than it could ever chew, but still feels like an effective and worthy feature by the end of the day
Jan 11, 2022
Whatever the film's faults might be, it tells an eye-opening justice story that needs to be told.
Dec 10, 2021
An angry, passionate film from writer-director and leading actor Justin Chon.
Dec 10, 2021
Despite committed performances and some arresting cinematography, it often resorts to the cricket bat while dishing out its tale of woe.
Dec 6, 2021
Multi-hyphenate Justin Chon has crafted an impressive melodrama, rich in Louisiana atmosphere and with a timely message, but Blue Bayou is marred by its reliance on symbolism and sentiment.
Dec 5, 2021
By the end... Chon has revealed himself to be hopelessly addicted to melodrama. Loading his story with extreme events, he reveals the weakness of its foundations.
Dec 5, 2021
Chon's directing choices are bold and sometimes interesting, but the screenplay - a big old overcooked melodrama that chucks in everything from a motorcycle chase to a terminal cancer subplot - is an almighty mess.
Dec 3, 2021
Worth seeing.
Dec 3, 2021
Chon tackles this relevant subject with admirable sincerity, and it's hard not to be moved by his character's plight. But he over-directs at times and over-eggs the writing too.
Dec 3, 2021
If Chon had pared his own script back, laid off the pathetic fallacies and nudged away his influences ...we might have had the drama the awful truth deserves.
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