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Blue Valentine Reviews

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Mike Ward
Richmond.com
January 28, 2011
Rom-com haters finally got what they wanted: a brutally honest big-screen relationship on the rocks garnished with hickeys, regret, ripped panties, bruised chins and bruised egos.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jolene Mendez
Entertainment Spectrum
January 27, 2011
Heartbreaking honesty with the challenge of finding the light in a very dark story.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
January 27, 2011
Watching it requires as much courage as curiosity. That it was just as hard to see the second time around says something about it. I'm just not sure what.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
January 27, 2011
It's a heartbreaker, but one made bearable by Ryan Gosling and Oscar nominee Michelle Williams, who deliver performances that feel so real they transcend acting and become something else altogether.
| Original Score: 3/4
Steve Persall
Tampa Bay Times
January 27, 2011
A reminder that well-measured and expertly acted pain can be as thrilling to watch as 3-D spectacle.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Matt Kelemen
Las Vegas CityLife
January 26, 2011
The time spent ... bringing to life these characters enabled the actors to reach a level of naturalism that can't be achieved by conventional role casting. Cianfrance, Gosling and Williams literally created a family, then let it self-destruct.
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
January 24, 2011
Guiltier of sins of ambition than of criminal complacency, although the indie clichés invariably come back to haunt.
Frank Wilkins
Reel Reviews
January 24, 2011
It's this slow grinding down of the gears of marriage that Cianfrance brings so realistically to the big screen, aided by the heartfelt performances of Gosling and Williams that'll surely garner recognition come Oscar time.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Top Critic
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
January 19, 2011
A searing portrait of the disintegration of not just a marriage but, more importantly, the love that once fueled it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
January 18, 2011
A rarely cheery but carefully crafted look at flawed and all-too human behaviour, worth seeing for Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling's sincere, intelligent performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip French
Guardian
January 18, 2011
In some ways Blue Valentine is a lower-class version of Annie Hall without the wry humour and Allen's acceptance that nothing truly lasts, and that love inevitably fades.
Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)
January 18, 2011
A powerful, piercing, brilliantly acted exploration of the ways in which love can die.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 18, 2011
It's a brutal, beautiful and affecting piece of work.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jason Best
Movie Talk
January 17, 2011
Painfully honest.
Clint O'Connor
Cleveland Plain Dealer
January 16, 2011
There's a beauty, a rhythm, and a subtle sense of discovery in Blue Valentine that makes it a magical experience.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Top Critic
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 16, 2011
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
January 14, 2011
This punishing drama is worth a look thanks to the excellent work by the leads as well as Cianfrance's ability to employ the appropriate mood to help capture his own prickly scenes from a marriage.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
January 14, 2011
Blue Valentine comes on like a bittersweet cautionary tale.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
Tom Long
Detroit News
January 14, 2011
It's not an easy movie, but it is a powerful, unforgettable experience.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper
January 14, 2011
Cianfrance prizes verisimilitude over insight, which means the movie gives you a lot to feel but not much to think about, but it's still quietly devastating.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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