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Blue Valentine Reviews

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Jeff Beck
Examiner.com
September 21, 2012
What we end up with here is 2/3 of a story that consequently feels incomplete. It obviously wanted to be something like "(500) Days of Summer" in terms of structure, but the writers just didn't know how to get up to that level.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
David Sexton
London Evening Standard
January 14, 2011
Did it have to be such a downer?
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
January 12, 2011
Gosling and Williams cry and yell and pour their hearts into every moment of the movie, but they're mostly just screaming into an empty void.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Graham Young
Birmingham Post
January 12, 2011
Around halfway through, I was itching to see how much time remained.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
March 14, 2011
Workshop-patchy
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
January 2, 2011
Flashes of brilliance, but the lead performances were mannered and the script overwritten. Too self-consciously indie-hipster.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Karina Longworth
Village Voice
December 29, 2010
Cianfrance's film is frustratingly surface-bound in ways that reflect, if not out-and-out misogyny, then at least a lack of interest in imbuing his female character with the rich interior life and complicated morality he gives his male lead.
Kam Williams
TheLoop21.com
January 31, 2011
A depressing deconstruction of a marriage that clearly was never meant to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
December 29, 2010
The effect can be wearisome, clouding the intriguing atmosphere of the film, stealing attention away from the fractured essence of the piece so actors can flail about, killing vital intimacy by being so aware of the camera.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
February 14, 2011
A film we've seen a thousand times around Oscar season...
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate
January 12, 2011
It's the kind of emotionally challenging movie that actors relish but most audience members may find themselves anxiously looking for the EXIT sign, waiting for the excruciating two hours to go by.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 14, 2010
Ultimately too painful, too labored, to care much about at all.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
January 6, 2011
As the film, which Derek Cianfrance directed and co-wrote, makes its way to the end of its second hour, it becomes an acutely stylized, slow-motion marital accident. You either want to call AAA or roll your eyes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Bill Clark
FromTheBalcony
January 29, 2011
Is it worth the trouble and heartache? Blue Valentine comes close, but the uneven examination of its central couple makes for a depressing and ultimately unsatisfactory experience.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Laura Kern
Film Comment Magazine
June 20, 2013
Unlike Bergman's searing Scenes from a Marriage, which sustains itself for every one of its 299 devastating minutes, Blue Valentine begins to falter somewhere during its 114.
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
March 9, 2011
Knowing where the relationship is headed lends bittersweet notes to the scenes from the past, but the conclusions Blue Valentine draws ultimately feel pat.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jackie K. Cooper
jackiekcooper.com
February 13, 2011
Gosling and Williams are terrific but the movie is a downer from start to finish. Not just "Blue," this is a ripped, torn and shredded Valentine.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Boo Allen
Cedar Hill Sentinel (TX)
January 8, 2011
Jumbled editing does not hide that this is little more than recycled relationship navel-gazing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies
January 6, 2011
[Gosling and Williams] are vital to Blue Valentine, and almost inflate the movie's flat ambitions.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Duane Byrge
Hollywood Reporter
January 25, 2010
Penetrating but tedious close-up of a marriage breakup.
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