Forty Shades of Blue Reviews

February 2, 2006
It contains some very good performances and some finely observed writing.
January 27, 2006
... both emotionally captivating and elusive ...
December 16, 2005
Subtle and morose to a fault, in the end it's just Junebug, another Sundance downer, without the heart.
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 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 28, 2005
[Sachs] fails to make us care enough about the characters to share their pain.
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 12, 2005
Director Ira Sachs moves to the rhythms of his native Memphis, teasing emotional resonance out of geography.
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.
September 29, 2005
Forty Shades of Blue may be praised for bringing an often ignored character into the spotlight. But once she's there, we can guess why she's so often kept in the wings.
September 28, 2005
Ira Sachs's beautiful, melancholy film, winner of the top prize at Sundance this year, features a passionate performance by Rip Torn as a legendary record producer.
September 28, 2005
It's worth sticking with 40 Shades of Blue to catch two of the year's most richly detailed pieces of acting.
September 27, 2005
A rare serving of adept regional indie cinema.
April 2, 2005
A muted but nicely observed study of a Russian woman's gradual estrangement from her domineering Memphis music-legend husband.
February 5, 2005
Plodding and predictable.