Cianfrance dives deeply into the happiness and heartache a damaged relationship can give you and has created a story that understands how real life romance actually works.
Blue Valentine is interestingly styled and shot. It features outstanding performances from Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams and an inventive screenplay and structure.
| Original Score: 8/10
A cold but commendable relationship drama.
| Original Score: 3.0/5
[Director] Cianfrance is not interested in the Hollywood fairytale, he want to show that love can scar.
| Original Score: 5/5
Blue Valentine deserves a wide audience. But it is probably too authentically tragic to get it.
| Original Score: 83/100
A pesar de su por momentos dolorosa disección de una pareja, Blue Valentine es una hermosa historia de amor condenada al fracaso (así de paradójico). Y está animada por dos intérpretes de excepción.
| Original Score: 4/5
Moments so potent they seem to put the actors at emotional risk
An engaging and tough drama, for sure, but its ascension to instant indie classic on the back of festival screenings has left this reviewer slightly stumped.
| Original Score: 3/5
... a crucible for very powerful performances and a convincing relationship in all its contradictions.
An enormously overheated yet oddly affecting movie gets an appropriately earnest DVD treatment.
...the film's unevenness ultimately [prevents] it from packing the emotional punch that Cianfrance is clearly going for.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
From the movie's standpoint, [its story] is a common tragedy that deserves acknowledgment and pity, and it pulls absolutely no punches in sharing its view.
| Original Score: 7/10
It's so close to achieving greatness it hurts.
| Original Score: B
It's complicated, like real life.
The bitter end still catches you by surprise with its crushing sadness.
...a raw, emotionally devastating experience.
| Original Score: 88/100
Perhaps the most honest depiction of a relationship gone sour that has ever been committed to celluloid.
| Original Score: 9/10
A working class American take on Ingmar Bergman's Scenes From A Marriage ...
| Original Score: 3/4
Intense, slow-moving relationship drama on a doomed marriage.
Blue Valentine has a rare emotional intensity. There is no way to prepare for its final frames, inevitable as they are.