Blue Valentine (2010)

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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.
Rating:
R (On Appeal: for strong graphic sexual content, language, and a beating)
Genre:
Drama , Romance
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In Theaters:
 limited
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Box Office:
$9,600,000.00
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Cast

Mike Vogel
as Bobby
Ben Shenkman
as Dr. Feinberg
John Doman
as Jerry
Robert Russell
as Justice of the Peace
Enid Graham
as Professor
Jen Jones
as Gramma
Michelle Nagy
as Music Teacher
Faith Wladyka
as Frankie
Marshall Johnson
as Marshall
Ashley Gurnari
as Checker
Samii Ryan
as Amanda
Mark Benginia
as Concierge
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 (194) | Top Critics (42)

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

Full Review… | February 10, 2011
Newsday
Top Critic

A searing portrait of the disintegration of not just a marriage but, more importantly, the love that once fueled it.

Full Review… | January 18, 2011
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | January 15, 2011
ReelViews
Top Critic

Blue Valentine comes on like a bittersweet cautionary tale.

January 14, 2011
Denver Post
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | January 14, 2011
Detroit News
Top Critic

Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling tear up the screen.

Full Review… | January 14, 2011
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Blue Valentine

½

A careful pacing and three-dimensional characters are what makes this film so realistic and hard not to relate to. It is a wonderful and sincere portrait of a relationship in collapse and how the weight of real life can irremediably damage the happy end dream of 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

½

Well acted but slow and depressing.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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