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The Place Beyond The Pines Reviews

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Jason Bailey
June 21, 2016
Its narrative riskiness and emotional avidity don't always make for the smoothest viewing experience. But Cianfrance seems less interested in a tidy chronicle than in exploring some threads, in creating a feeling and seeing where it goes.
Mark Jackson
Epoch Times
June 20, 2016
In the quietly decaying tragic-Americana setting of this fine film, the story is one of far-reaching repercussions, and how the loss of the father's virtue lands upon the son.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Thirza Wakefield
Sight and Sound
June 8, 2016
Grand, plangent and innervating, Cianfrance's latest is more than adequate proof that he's as cut out for the big as for the small of cinema.
J. Olson
April 16, 2016
It's rare to see a picture so bogged down by the breadth of its ambition, but Derek Cianfrance's second feature nearly collapses under its own weight.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Alissa Wilkinson
Christianity Today
April 13, 2016
That said, there's something about The Place Beyond the Pines that grows on you-something tragic, something that sits uncomfortably in the gut.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Sean Burns
The Improper Bostonian
May 12, 2015
Derek Cianfrance could probably be a great filmmaker if he wasn't trying so hard to be a Great Filmmaker
Clayton Davis
September 16, 2014
Utterly compelling with a magic wand of storytelling from writer/director Derek Cianfrance along with co-writers Ben Coccio and Darius Marber, The Place Beyond the Pines is one of the more natural and stylistic endeavors of 2013.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Austin Trunick
Under the Radar
August 18, 2014
The Place Beyond the Pines isn't a bad movie; it's three bad movies strung together by implausible logic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/10
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
August 7, 2014
A jumbled triptych that frequently meanders without finding its center.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Christopher Runyon
Movie Mezzanine
February 20, 2014
A powerful, towering, yet intimately-told epic with excellent performances, a unique structure, and a story told with as much passion and angst as the myriad sons in the film.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Damien Straker
Impulse Gamer
January 19, 2014
By the third story, in a movie that is two hours and twenty minutes long, I had grown weary of the film's heavy-handedness
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Wesley Morris
January 3, 2014
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.
Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit
November 1, 2013
Cianfrance doesn't always connect, but when he does, watch out
Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show
October 13, 2013
The Place Beyond the Pines is a heart-wrenching epic poem that quashes the delusion that sons won't be affected by the actions of their fathers.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Travis Hopson
October 9, 2013
Shot in melancholic, muted tones, The Place Beyond the Pines paints a gorgeous portrait of rural America, surrounded by expansive views of the countryside that hint at a deep history.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
August 17, 2013
The movie is constructed like a three-act saga, with only the third part failing to satisfy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jason Best
Movie Talk
August 12, 2013
Terrifically captivating, whether delivering breathless action, knuckle-whitening suspense or moments of quiet intimacy.
Jeremy Lebens
We Got This Covered
August 6, 2013
Derek Cianfrance's The Place Beyond the Pines is an epic film that towers high above the rest as the very best film of 2013.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
August 6, 2013
Writer-director Derek Cianfrance gained considerable attention for his 2010 drama Blue Valentine, and he has created an even finer movie with The Place Beyond the Pines.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeff Beck
August 5, 2013
"The Place Beyond the Pines" is a great example of daring storytelling and easily qualifies as one of the year's best.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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