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Blue Valentine Reviews

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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
February 11, 2011
Blue Valentine has a rare emotional intensity. There is no way to prepare for its final frames, inevitable as they are.
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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
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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
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
January 14, 2011
Blue Valentine comes on like a bittersweet cautionary tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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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
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
January 14, 2011
Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling tear up the screen.
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
January 14, 2011
An almost unbearably bittersweet love story starring two of today's best actors and orchestrated by a director who's attuned to past masters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
January 14, 2011
The performances are as raw as the characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
January 13, 2011
Bright-eyed youth and bedraggled adulthood alternate in a sad spectacle beautifully and sensitively portrayed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
January 12, 2011
You are witnessing the implosion of a marriage, and it's a sad, discomfiting thing to behold.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
January 7, 2011
Almost unbearably harrowing but also deeply cathartic, as viewers create their own meanings within Dean and Cindy's singular downward spiral.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
January 7, 2011
The best of it plays like an acting exercise that serves the intimate, often bruising relationship at the core. Gosling seems to be pulling from an impressive bag of performance tricks, Williams from a deeper well, drawn from life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
January 7, 2011
What do we expect of a spouse? "Blue Valentine" makes us ask that question.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
January 6, 2011
"Blue Valentine" has a palpable air of claustrophobic danger; you constantly expect something terrible to be happening to these characters. And, indeed, something does.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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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
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
January 6, 2011
The film proceeds in what feels like real time, but with no obvious beginning or end. It's a latticework of moments happy and sad.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 6, 2011
Derek Cianfrance, the film's writer and director, observes with great exactitude the birth and decay of a relationship. This film is alive in its details.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Dana Stevens
Slate
January 3, 2011
This is a marvel of a movie, but in the interest of perpetuating the human race, I'd counsel dewy young couples embarking on life's journey to check into a sex motel instead.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
January 3, 2011
The film's time structure is splintered into shards of past and present, which is probably just as well -- a strictly narrative chronology would make this wallow seem even sloggier.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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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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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
December 30, 2010
... when you break it down, [it] largely feels genuinely honest, rather than aspiring to an obvious movie facsimile of "honest."
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
December 30, 2010
Blue Valentine wrenches us with its painful and tender understanding of how people with even this tattered a connection can lunge for love as if it were air.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
December 29, 2010
A small but shattering film that marks its writer-director, Derek Cianfrance, as an artist of real depth.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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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.
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
December 29, 2010
A work so beautifully acted and emotionally honest it is my choice for best movie of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
December 29, 2010
Blue Valentine feels off-the-cuff and improvised, which adds to the charm of that first date and the danger of that "big fight."
| Original Score: 3/4
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
December 29, 2010
An intensely intimate rendering of love that limits itself to that first falling in and that last falling out.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
December 29, 2010
Gosling and Williams have the most palpable chemistry of any screen couple this year, never striking a false note in this achingly tender tale of a love that implodes before our eyes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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December 29, 2010
Blue Valentine sets past and present on course for a collision, and measures the full weight of its impact.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
December 29, 2010
Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams give two of the most explosive and emotionally naked performances you will see anywhere.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
December 29, 2010
Ms. Williams and Mr. Gosling are exemplars of New Method sincerity, able to be fully and achingly present every moment on screen together.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
December 28, 2010
It could easily have devolved into sweaty, pretentious melodrama or ersatz John Cassavetes if Cianfrance and his actors didn't maintain perfect control over the material.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
December 28, 2010
Nothing out of the ordinary happens in Blue Valentine, and that, together with the vital, untrammelled performances of the two leading actors, is the root of its power.
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David Germain
Associated Press
December 28, 2010
Agonizing to watch yet relentlessly compelling.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
December 27, 2010
Blue Valentine leaves you with the shattering vision of its truest victim -- the one who'll someday look for safety in places it might not be. And the psychodrama will go on and on ...
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
December 22, 2010
Movie intimacy reaches groundbreaking new heights in this shocking story of a young marriage on the rocks.
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
December 22, 2010
If you care about the integrity of independent cinema, you'll steel your heart and go.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
December 21, 2010
The scenes cut so close to the emotional bone that you can understand why they might cause a panic amongst MPAA boardmembers, although of course, it's nothing to be afraid of: just the realism of love in its varied forms.
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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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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
September 15, 2010
The ghost of John Cassavetes hovers over this tough-minded portrait of a working-class couple's marriage.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
January 27, 2010
An intensely acted, minutely observed attempt to convey the arc of a romantic involvement.
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Duane Byrge
Hollywood Reporter
January 25, 2010
Penetrating but tedious close-up of a marriage breakup.