...falters because it hews too closely to the witless cant of the average guy as a potential sex criminal.
| Original Score: B-
Though the story is fragile, Bruckner's superlative acting registers Meg's feelings with the dead-on accuracy of an emotional geiger counter.
Vivid performances . . . the film's warmly luminous look and the richly rendered view of a troubled but talented teen's struggles with the adult world sustain the film.
Cuts both ways: the poetry and the acting were hot, the story and the cinematography were not so hot.
| Original Score: B
I found this movie fascinating -- but not an easy one to sit through. It's seems excruciatingly real.
At the film's center Bruckner more than holds her own, beautifully capturing the anger, uncertainty and yearnings of an unhappy kid impatient for her 'real' life to begin.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Moncrieff, though seemingly incapable of lacing a story with surprises, writes snappy dialogue.
| Original Score: 2/4
The truest depiction I have ever seen on film of how children grow up with divorced parents. Hollywood blockbuster hype notwithstanding, this is actually the must-see movie of the summer.
| Original Score: 4/4
Painful to watch, yet it never sinks to melodrama.
| Original Score: 4/5
Moncrieff grabs us with details and dialogue so authentic ... that she often makes us feel as if we're standing on our toes and peering in the window of one of our neighbors.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Blue Car boasts great talent in Bruckner, Straithairn and Moncrieff... [but] that talent isn't enough to get over the obstacles in the movie's second half.
borrows heavily from her television soap experience but doesn't collapse totally into the banal
| Original Score: 3/5
...leaves Strathairn's possible predator frustratingly out of focus.
There's nothing particularly original about the plotline, but the execution is pretty good and may be enough to keep you in your seat.
Moncrieff (who studied acting) has such a fine cast that she makes the nuances come together as the portrait of a brief, piercing time in peoples' lives.
| Original Score: 3/4
Worth watching for the coming-out party of Agnes Bruckner, a relative newcomer who shows her mettle with an extraordinary performance in this very ordinary tear-jerker.
| Original Score: 3/5
An impressive first effort from Ms. Moncrieff, but the eternal Aristotelian in me finds it depressing to watch characters always walking around in moral quicksand.
It's an incredibly strong debut reinforced by astonishingly good performances by all the principals.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
An affecting look at one talented girl's efforts to survive in a world of confused and selfish adults.
A well-intentioned coming-of-age film anchored by two indelible performances but weakened by an overabundance of drama.