Blue Valentine Reviews

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August 15, 2018
Director/co-writer Derek Cianfrance's insistence on framing the blue-collar story through a hipster perspective emerges as the movie's saddest aspect.
April 30, 2018
The film is non-illuminating. It depresses you but doesn't change your life.
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.
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.
March 14, 2011
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.
February 14, 2011
A film we've seen a thousand times around Oscar season...
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.
January 31, 2011
A depressing deconstruction of a marriage that clearly was never meant to be.
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.
January 14, 2011
Did it have to be such a downer?
January 13, 2011
Even for those who tire of movies with shiny, happy people, all this earnest effort results in a movie that's a drag.
January 13, 2011
I felt cheated out of something here. Not merely information (what happened?), but a dramatic structure that might have imparted meaning to this dissolving marriage.
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.
January 12, 2011
Around halfway through, I was itching to see how much time remained.
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.
January 8, 2011
Jumbled editing does not hide that this is little more than recycled relationship navel-gazing.
January 6, 2011
[Gosling and Williams] are vital to Blue Valentine, and almost inflate the movie's flat ambitions.
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.
January 5, 2011
Despite Blue Valentine's blatant sensememories of nakedness and affection, irritation and itch, what Gosling and Williams reveal about their own concepts of heterosexual experience is ultimately inane.
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