The Place Beyond The Pines Reviews

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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.
April 16, 2013
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.
April 12, 2013
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.
April 12, 2013
The ... stories mesh uneasily, even though the film-making is smart throughout and the acting often more than that.
April 12, 2013
"Pines" is hardy stuff, but it's at its toughest when Gosling's on screen.
April 11, 2013
The Place Beyond the Pines is hackneyed and dull: Not a single moment rings true.
April 11, 2013
This is a story about legacy, the sins of the father, the restlessness in our souls. It's powerful, it's bold, it hits you hard.
April 11, 2013
Cianfrance and his sterling cast keep it all together, vanquishing doubt and soap suds. There's a palpable sense of teamwork that brings out the best in all of these players.
April 11, 2013
Its three stories are so loosely connected, its themes so scattered -- morality, justice, fate, fatherhood -- that it never manages to make a point.
April 11, 2013
"The Place Beyond the Pines" is an ambitious drama about the ways in which one bad decision can reverberate across generations.
April 11, 2013
Gosling gives his most open and engaging performance yet, his sleepy, woozy mannerisms developing into a complex interior world of hurt, resentment and disappointment.
April 10, 2013
Carefully observed and consistently compelling, it feels like an instant American classic, if a minor one.
April 5, 2013
With the arrival of The Place Beyond the Pines, the American dramatic film has found a loyal, gifted advocate in director Derek Cianfrance.
April 5, 2013
As the sum of some admittedly imperfect parts, "The Place Beyond the Pines" still manages to cast its own haunting, sorrowful spell.
April 4, 2013
[A] thoughtful and often powerful film ...
April 4, 2013
With more than 50 speaking roles, the film easily could have sprawled out of control into a predictable epic. But "The Place Beyond the Pines" holds enough intimacy - and surprise - to satisfy.
April 4, 2013
Cianfrance hasn't figured out what he wants to say, but he spends a lot of time and energy trying to say it.
April 4, 2013
Fine, fine, it's an epic. Now let us up for air, please.
April 4, 2013
You watch what happens, often dreading the worst. Even when the worst comes, though, it comes with honor and a kind of grace.
April 4, 2013
"The Place Beyond the Pines" earns every second of its 140-minute running time.
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