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Blue Valentine (2010)

Blue Valentine (2010)



Critic Consensus: This emotionally gripping examination of a marriage on the rocks isn't always easy to watch, but Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling give performances of unusual depth and power.

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A complex portrait of a contemporary American marriage, "Blue Valentine" tells the story of David and Cindy, a couple who have been together for several years but who are at an impasse in their relationship. While Cindy has blossomed into a woman with opportunities and options, David is still the same person he was when they met, and he is unable to accept either Cindy's growth or his lack of it. Innovatively structured, the narrative unfolds in two distinct time frames, juxtaposing scenes of first love and youthful sexuality with those of disenchantment and discord.

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Jen Jones
as Gramma
Ben Shenkman
as Dr. Feinberg
Enid Graham
as Professor
Samii Ryan
as Amanda
Mark Benginia
as Concierge
Robert Russell
as Justice of the Peace
Michelle Nagy
as Music Teacher
Mel Jurdem
as Old Man
Alan Malkin
as Cab Driver
Jaime Jensen
as Pregnant Woman
Jaimie Jensen
as Pregnant Woman
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Critic Reviews for Blue Valentine

All Critics (196) | Top Critics (42)

Blue Valentine has a rare emotional intensity. There is no way to prepare for its final frames, inevitable as they are.

February 11, 2011 | Full Review…
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A searing portrait of the disintegration of not just a marriage but, more importantly, the love that once fueled it.

January 19, 2011 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

An autopsy of a failed marriage, it contrasts the giddy honeymoon beginning with the sad denouement after dysfunction has devastated the groundwork of hope and newness.

January 16, 2011 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Blue Valentine comes on like a bittersweet cautionary tale.

January 14, 2011 | Rating: 3.5/4

It's not an easy movie, but it is a powerful, unforgettable experience.

January 14, 2011 | Rating: A | Full Review…

Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling tear up the screen.

January 14, 2011 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Blue Valentine


A careful pacing and two three-dimensional characters are what makes this drama so realistic and involving, a wonderful and sincere portrait of a relationship in collapse and how the weight of real life can irremediably damage the happy-end dream for a couple living together.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Brilliant drama, Blue Valentine manages to really set the tone of an atmospheric picture that is elevated by a strong cast of talented actors that simply possesses great chemistry on-screen. Directed by Derek Cianfrance, a director who is skilled at crafting, thought provoking, absorbing dramas, successfully delivers a film that is powerful, and boasts a great story that is only elevated by its cast. That's what makes this movie work well, the simple story, which is basic, and it is build upon, these two actors who really stand out due to the fact that they're superbly talented and bring out the best elements. The film is well paced, and though it is a bit slow, you are simply captivated at what the characters go through as they're very well fleshed out, and you care for both of them. Also I found the film had a melancholic atmosphere that lingered throughout, therefore it brought you deeper into the film's story. Cianfrance is a talented director, and here he displays a talent to tell a powerful, simple story that definitely manages to stand out over really big budget movies that try to captivate the viewer with big effects, poor acting and clichéd plots. However Blue Valentine is a film that breaks the cycle, and offers you something truly different. By telling a simple story, Derek Cianfrance goes a different route, and he tells a real story that follows two people that can really be anyone. His style is terrific, his sense of filmmaking is unique an unmatched, and he would later perfect his skills on the masterpiece, The Place Beyond the Pines. If you enjoy an engaging drama that tells a great story, you definitely shouldn't pass up Blue Valentine. This film stands out among other genre films simply for the fact that it has a powerful story and great performances.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer


Well acted but slow and depressing.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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