Blue Valentine Reviews

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February 6, 2018
See it for [Ryan] Gosling and [Michelle] Williams, but be advised: if you take a date, you'll be sorry.
February 11, 2011
Blue Valentine has a rare emotional intensity. There is no way to prepare for its final frames, inevitable as they are.
January 19, 2011
A searing portrait of the disintegration of not just a marriage but, more importantly, the love that once fueled it.
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.
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.
January 14, 2011
Blue Valentine comes on like a bittersweet cautionary tale.
January 14, 2011
It's not an easy movie, but it is a powerful, unforgettable experience.
January 14, 2011
Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling tear up the screen.
January 14, 2011
Did it have to be such a downer?
January 14, 2011
Its rawness and honesty may not be everyone's cup of tea, but Blue Valentine stands as a necessary corrective to the myth of cinematic love.
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.
January 14, 2011
The performances are as raw as the characters.
January 13, 2011
A sombre, painful portrait of a toxic marriage, often touching and sometimes moving, though occasionally contrived and self-conscious in its effects.
January 12, 2011
You are witnessing the implosion of a marriage, and it's a sad, discomfiting thing to behold.
January 7, 2011
Almost unbearably harrowing but also deeply cathartic, as viewers create their own meanings within Dean and Cindy's singular downward spiral.
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.
January 7, 2011
What do we expect of a spouse? "Blue Valentine" makes us ask that question.
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.
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 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.
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