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Blue Car Reviews

June 12, 2003
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
June 11, 2003
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.
May 30, 2003
A well-intentioned coming-of-age film anchored by two indelible performances but weakened by an overabundance of drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 28, 2003
The film is strengthened by the two leading performances.
May 23, 2003
We've seen this unhappy scenario played out many times before, but seldom with a better eye for detail.
May 23, 2003
Certainly no feel-good flick of the summer. But it's always tough and honest.
May 23, 2003
It's rare that a movie makes a viewer experience the psychodynamics of an encounter so profoundly -- usually theater is a better medium for that -- but Moncrieff has exceptional skills.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
May 23, 2003
The story is so well-acted and honestly written that after a while it stops bothering us that we know where it's going.
Read More | Original Score: B
May 23, 2003
It's that central dance between teacher and student that makes the movie both hard to watch and worth your attention -- a subtle waltz of power in which it's difficult to tell who's leading until too late.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 22, 2003
It's a writer-director's important debut and a giant leap to leading roles for a brave actress.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
May 22, 2003
As bitterness piles upon disappointment piles upon loneliness, Blue Car stalls under the weight of its emotional baggage.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 22, 2003
I didn't like Blue Car, and the only thing I found appalling is how blatantly predicable and pseudo-daring the supposedly appalling stuff is.
Read More | Original Score: D+
May 16, 2003
A coming-of-age tale acted with such honesty, and directed with such quiet understanding of its troubled characters, that its nearly unrelenting grimness takes on a poetic quality.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
May 16, 2003
From the rain-streaked windshield to the unaffected line readings from a stellar cast, there is not a shot in Blue Car that doesn't ring true.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 16, 2003
Blue Car isn't an easy ride, but it's worth taking.
Read More | Original Score: B
May 16, 2003
A valuable cautionary tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 16, 2003
A beautifully crafted and painfully sincere movie that makes most dramas about teenagers seem about as real and relevant as American Pie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 15, 2003
Thanks to Bruckner and Strathairn, who's queasy beyond the call of duty, this is one indie that resonates well beyond the end credits.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
May 15, 2003
For the most part, Blue Car succeeds in fulfilling Meg's assignment to 'touch the hidden nerve.'
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
May 9, 2003
It's rare that a first-time director demonstrates such a sure hand, but Moncrieff is the real deal.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 9, 2003
The movie unfolds, wobbling between scenes that feel fresh and genuine and others that feel seriously overfreighted with ethical judgments.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 5, 2003
... this film is so smart ...
May 2, 2003
A cozy, well-made vehicle without the capacity to carry everything that writer-director Karen Moncrieff piles into it.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 2, 2003
A fine first film, and one you won't easily forget.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 2, 2003
An unflinchingly honest coming-of-age portrait.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
May 1, 2003
A most impressive writing and directing debut for Karen Moncrieff.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
May 1, 2003
Has the feel of a novel in which the characters linger in one's memory well after the book has been read.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 1, 2003
Even with its drawbacks, Blue Car remains an intimate, thoughtful drama, with a performance no one is likely to forget.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
May 1, 2003
Intimate, honest, if occasionally contrived.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 1, 2003
A quietly devastating song for our lonely age.
May 1, 2003
Ms. Moncrieff's mature direction distills nuanced performances from her actors to tell a well-balanced, compelling and enlightening story with refreshing candor.
April 30, 2003
Strathairn's portrayal of a flawed man is so moving and Bruckner's Meg so painfully true -- a breakthrough performance -- that thoughts of Lolita are left far behind.
Full Review | Original Score: A
April 29, 2003
A teacher-student tangle that uses its So-Called Lifeness as a beard for interactions that veer from everyday surreal to hauntingly injurious.
November 6, 2002
Strathairn works miracles by finding the humanity in a deeply flawed man. And Bruckner is an amazement, piercing the heart without begging for sympathy.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
August 21, 2002
Handles a difficult subject with an admirable mixture of sensitivity and frankness.