The Place Beyond The Pines


The Place Beyond The Pines

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Ambitious to a fault, The Place Beyond the Pines finds writer/director Derek Cianfrance reaching for -- and often grasping -- thorny themes of family, fatherhood, and fate.



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The highly anticipated new drama from director Derek Cianfrance ("Blue Valentine") powerfully explores the consequences of motorcycle rider Luke's (Academy Award nominee Ryan Gosling) fateful decision to commit a crime to support his child. The incident renders him targeted by policeman Avery (Golden Globe Award nominee Bradley Cooper), and the two men become locked on a tense collision course which will have a devastating impact on both of their families in the years following. (c) Focus

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Eva Mendes
as Romina
Rose Byrne
as Jennifer
Ray Liotta
as Deluca
Bruce Greenwood
as Bill Killcullen
Harris Yulin
as Al Cross
John Facci
as Priest
Cynthia Pelletier-Sullivan
as Teller #1 - Bank #1
Mackenzie Trainor
as Teller #2 - Bank #1
Nicole Califano
as Teller #3 - Bank #1
Shannon Plumb
as Lady in Ice Cream Shop
Tracey Agustin
as Teller #1 - Bank #2
Ean Egas
as Teller #2 - Bank #2
Bob Dieterich
as Banker Outside Bank #2
Thomas Mattice
as Booking Officer
Adam Nowichi
as Arresting Officer
Mark Caruso
as Court Lawyer
Vanessa Thorpe
as Court Officer
Gail Martino
as Teller - Bank #3
Brian Smyj
as Officer Jefferson
Dorothy Rutherford
as Mother at Home
Paul Steele
as Officer at Shootout Scene
Robert Clohessy
as Chief Weirzbowski
Subrina Dhammi
as Reporter #1
Heather Chestnut
as Jennifer's Mother
Luca Pierucci
as Doc Crow
Jessica Layton
as Reporter #2
James J. Gleason
as Funeral Director
Joe McCarthy
as Campaign Manager
Jefrey Pollock
as Campaign Advisor
Lynette Howell Taylor
as Political Media Advisor
Sarah Curcio
as Guidance Counselor
Mark McCracken
as Drug Busting Cop #1
Adriel Linyear
as Drug Busting Cop #2
Kevin Green
as Interrogating Cop
Jennifer Sober
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Melissa Mills
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Kayla Smalls
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Frank Falvo
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Hugh T. Farley
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Michael Cullen
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Critic Reviews for The Place Beyond The Pines

All Critics (215) | Top Critics (48)

  • What Cianfrance has written has scraps of surprise and a fine chase sequence, but it doesn't reach for the stars or the emotional cosmos -- or, at least, it doesn't know how to get there.

    Jan 3, 2014 | Full Review…
  • Like Cianfrance's Blue Valentine, which also starred Gosling, this film deepens with a second viewing, the repeats, coincidences and echoes in scenes creating almost a genetic memory of a previous life.

    Apr 16, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Kate Muir

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • This naturalistic drama is ambitious to the point of being unwieldy... But once the story has advanced from one generation to the next and its thematic sweep has become apparent, these flaws seem much more tolerable.

    Apr 12, 2013 | Full Review…
  • The ... stories mesh uneasily, even though the film-making is smart throughout and the acting often more than that.

    Apr 12, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • "Pines" is hardy stuff, but it's at its toughest when Gosling's on screen.

    Apr 12, 2013 | Rating: B | Full Review…

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
    Top Critic
  • The Place Beyond the Pines is hackneyed and dull: Not a single moment rings true.

    Apr 11, 2013 | Rating: 2/4

Audience Reviews for The Place Beyond The Pines

Cianfrance puts a lot of effort into generating apprehension, but he is unable to find any direction in this terribly misguided soap opera that relies on an absurd amount of contrived coincidences and is predictable, artificial, unfocused and ultimately pointless.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Not just a decent family drama but an unusual look at how the sins of the father reverberate throughout the whole community, and throughout their generations. All of the featured players bring home the bacon but it is Gosling's often silent portrayal of unbearable longing the cinches this baby up quite nicely, devouring the screen.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

The connection between the characters is pretty interesting and executed well. Sadly the second half is not quite as engaging as the first, up until the somewhat anti-climatic solution. That may be realistic but feels a bit like the movie was going nowhere. Overall, the great acting and cinematography make it worth your while, though.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer


The scope of Cianfrance's follow-up to ''Blue Valentine'' may be larger than that film, but the director still has the ability to create engrossing characters and produce outstanding performances from his actors. Gosling gives one of his best performances and Cooper shows why his Oscar nomination for ''Silver Linings Playbook'' was no fluke. The cinematography, editing, music and direction are all pitch perfect but what makes Cianfrance's third feature so special is the themes it tackles and the way Cianfrance chooses to tackle them. There are many opportunities where the film could fall apart but Cianfrance structres the film in very assured fashion and never comes close to losing the audience. ''The Place Beyond the Pines'' is a surprising, sprawling and thought-provoking tale of old and young generations and what happens when certain people's morality is put to the test.

Liam Gadd
Liam Gadd

Super Reviewer

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