The Place Beyond The Pines


The Place Beyond The Pines

Critics Consensus

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
as Public Defender
Melissa Mills
as Judge #2
Kayla Smalls
as Vanessa
Frank Falvo
as Pharmacy Clerk
Hugh T. Farley
as State Senator
Michael Cullen
as Mr. Anthony
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Critic Reviews for The Place Beyond The Pines

All Critics (216) | Top Critics (48) | Fresh (172) | Rotten (44)

  • 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

  • Feb 14, 2016
    This film features outstanding performances, dark tone while at the same time having beautiful shots, well written plot and having this unpredictability that brings out the thrills. Check out this gem as soon as you can!
    Mr N Super Reviewer
  • Feb 06, 2016
    It's a really good story, with a fine cast, but the ace in the hole is that it's completely unpredictable.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer
  • Aug 10, 2015
    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 Super Reviewer
  • Nov 14, 2013
    Ambitious filmmaking is welcome, but usually ambition leads somewhere, which is the main problem with co-writer and director Derek Cianfrance's unwieldy 140-minute multi-generational crime drama, The Place Beyond the Pines. First we watch Luke (Ryan Gosling) as a traveling motorcyclist enter a life of crime to support his infant son. Next the focus shifts to Avery (Bradley Cooper) as a cop with a conscience running into corruption on the force. Last, we jump ahead into the future and watch the dramatic irony unfold as the children of Avery and Luke interact, waiting for them to learn their paternal connection. I believe Cianfrance (Blue Valentine) and his team was attempting to tell a meditative, searching drama about children paying for the sins of their fathers, the lingering fallout of bad decisions and moral compromises. Except that's not this film. By the end of the movie, while some secrets have been laid bare, there really aren't any significant consequences. The film does an excellent job of maintaining a sense of dread, but it doesn't come to anything larger or thought provoking. The entire structure of this film is geared toward a tragic accumulation, but it just doesn't materialize. That's a shame because it's got great acting through and through, though I have grown weary of Gosling's taciturn antihero routine that seems like a rut now. Avery's portion of the plot was the most interesting and anxiety-inducing, but I found the movie interesting at every turn. The characters are given pockets of nuance and ambiguity as they traverse similar paths of desperation and conciliation. The Place Beyond the Pines is a perfectly good movie, albeit disjointed, that cannot amount to the larger thematic impact it yearns for. Nate's Grade: B-
    Nate Z Super Reviewer

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