Blue Car Reviews

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March 7, 2018
There's nothing flashy about Moncrieff's filmmaking, and there doesn't need to be: from the start, she gets the emotional details right, and the viewer feels intimately engaged with the young protagonist. It's a powerful, fresh, honest debut.
January 7, 2005
...falters because it hews too closely to the witless cant of the average guy as a potential sex criminal.
February 9, 2004
Though the story is fragile, Bruckner's superlative acting registers Meg's feelings with the dead-on accuracy of an emotional geiger counter.
December 1, 2003
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.
October 23, 2003
Cuts both ways: the poetry and the acting were hot, the story and the cinematography were not so hot.
September 27, 2003
I found this movie fascinating -- but not an easy one to sit through. It's seems excruciatingly real.
September 12, 2003
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.
July 15, 2003
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.
July 14, 2003
Painful to watch, yet it never sinks to melodrama.
July 11, 2003
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.
June 27, 2003
borrows heavily from her television soap experience but doesn't collapse totally into the banal
June 14, 2003
There's nothing particularly original about the plotline, but the execution is pretty good and may be enough to keep you in your seat.
June 14, 2003
June 13, 2003
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.
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.
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.
June 8, 2003
It's an incredibly strong debut reinforced by astonishingly good performances by all the principals.
May 30, 2003
An affecting look at one talented girl's efforts to survive in a world of confused and selfish adults.
May 30, 2003
A well-intentioned coming-of-age film anchored by two indelible performances but weakened by an overabundance of drama.
May 28, 2003
The film is strengthened by the two leading performances.
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