Forty Shades of Blue Reviews

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February 20, 2009
Aspires to tell us something revealing about compromised souls.
June 29, 2006
Impressively directed, low-key drama that really gets under your skin, thanks to strong performances from its three leads.
February 2, 2006
It contains some very good performances and some finely observed writing.
January 27, 2006
... both emotionally captivating and elusive ...
December 20, 2005
The magnificent Korzun ... [delivers] a performance of internalized anguish.
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.
November 27, 2005
A nicely tuned American indie drama in a minor key...
November 3, 2005
[Torn's] acting so well he not only creates this character, but makes him into an object lesson.
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.
October 28, 2005
A nuanced meditation on the context of happiness and the problem with great expectations.
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.
October 25, 2005
As messy and exhilarating as life.
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.
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.
October 14, 2005
Has the plaintive, lyrical feel of a classic Southern short-story.
October 12, 2005
Director Ira Sachs moves to the rhythms of his native Memphis, teasing emotional resonance out of geography.
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.
October 6, 2005
Forty Shades of Blue is a daring film, full of muffled yet suggestive moments.
October 6, 2005
A jolt of backwoods moonshine whiskey injected into the veins of the atrophied American relationship drama.
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.
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