Forty Shades of Blue - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Forty Shades of Blue Reviews

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
February 20, 2009
Aspires to tell us something revealing about compromised souls.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Matthew Turner
June 29, 2006
Impressively directed, low-key drama that really gets under your skin, thanks to strong performances from its three leads.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic
February 2, 2006
It contains some very good performances and some finely observed writing.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
January 27, 2006
... both emotionally captivating and elusive ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
December 20, 2005
The magnificent Korzun ... [delivers] a performance of internalized anguish.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
December 8, 2005
Ira Sachs' story of hereditary malaise, passed from father to son, will disappoint anyone looking for a propulsive narrative or slam-bang excitement. But it will amply reward patient viewers who prefer a slow burn.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
November 27, 2005
A nicely tuned American indie drama in a minor key...
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 3, 2005
[Torn's] acting so well he not only creates this character, but makes him into an object lesson.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
November 3, 2005
Forty Shades of Blue hits you like a shot of moonshine whiskey. Right in the gut, with a buzz that just keeps going.
| Original Score: B+
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Tom Long
Detroit News
October 28, 2005
A nuanced meditation on the context of happiness and the problem with great expectations.
| Original Score: B+
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
October 27, 2005
Korzun has a placid quality that may remind you of Liv Ullmann, and she keeps us riveted because her calm reactions are such an odd response to the outrageous behavior she's reacting to.
| Original Score: 3/4
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
October 25, 2005
As messy and exhilarating as life.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
October 21, 2005
You can't take a movie like this one from a veteran like Torn, who is terrific, but Korzun anchors the movie with dense subtlety and watchful detailing.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
October 14, 2005
The payoff comes at the end with a glimpse smack into the souls of characters more complex than those usually seen onscreen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
October 14, 2005
Has the plaintive, lyrical feel of a classic Southern short-story.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
October 12, 2005
Director Ira Sachs moves to the rhythms of his native Memphis, teasing emotional resonance out of geography.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News
October 7, 2005
It feels mighty real, and veteran Torn's almost all-impulse performance adds greatly to the sense of life unfolding, in its messy uncertainty and grabbed-for satisfaction, right before our eyes.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
October 6, 2005
Forty Shades of Blue is a daring film, full of muffled yet suggestive moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
October 6, 2005
A jolt of backwoods moonshine whiskey injected into the veins of the atrophied American relationship drama.
Emanuel Levy
October 6, 2005
Rip Torn's volcanic turn elevates this awakening story of a Russian immigrant, which suffers from a rambling narrative and unexciting direction.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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