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The Place Beyond The Pines Reviews

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 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
"Pines" is hardy stuff, but it's at its toughest when Gosling's on screen.
Full Review | Original Score: B
April 11, 2013
The Place Beyond the Pines is hackneyed and dull: Not a single moment rings true.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 11, 2013
"The Place Beyond the Pines" is an ambitious drama about the ways in which one bad decision can reverberate across generations.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 10, 2013
Carefully observed and consistently compelling, it feels like an instant American classic, if a minor one.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 4, 2013
[A] thoughtful and often powerful film ...
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 4, 2013
Fine, fine, it's an epic. Now let us up for air, please.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 4, 2013
"The Place Beyond the Pines" earns every second of its 140-minute running time.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
April 1, 2013
If there are better films this year, then we are in luck. If it opened in December it would seem a major event.
March 29, 2013
The crime and police genres used to give "Pines" its forward motion are rarely seen with such a remarkable degree of sensitivity.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
March 29, 2013
The movie is intimate in its telling, sweeping in its issues and stumbles only occasionally.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
March 29, 2013
Its ambitions - even its unrealized ones - are a great part of its power.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 29, 2013
Structured as a triptych, the movie is novelistic, earnest and somewhat exhausting - an ambitious effort that tries to be many things.
March 28, 2013
Each chapter of The Place Beyond the Pines gets successively less interesting than the last ...
March 28, 2013
For the most part ... this is self-serious stuff, seething with ambition but almost devoid of spontaneity, and ultimately drained of genuine energy.
March 28, 2013
If, in the end, the film can't quite sustain its epic vision, it does, along the way, achieve the density and momentum of a good novel.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
March 28, 2013
It's one of the best and most ambitious films of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 28, 2013
[The Place Beyond The Pines] a beast of a movie, an emotional roller coaster that threatens to go off the rails, and does.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 28, 2013
This is a big movie with a lot on its mind. Slowly, it unfolds into a kind of epic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 28, 2013
The movie, which holds your attention from moment to moment, by the end leaves you grasping for the experience you haven't had.
March 28, 2013
This emotionally ambitious mess has faults to spare, but there's also something fuzzily honest about it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 28, 2013
Although The Place Beyond the Pines is not an unqualified success, when Cianfrance stumbles, it's because he's reaching for greatness ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 28, 2013
To the film's credit, it's damn near impossible to imagine where The Place Beyond The Pines will end based on where it begins, even though its ever-widening scope causes it to lose some of the grubby intensity of its early scenes.
Full Review | Original Score: B
March 28, 2013
An over-stuffed, hyper-pulpy, and mostly trite trifurcated drama about family, crime, and moral ambiguity.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
March 27, 2013
The Place Beyond the Pines wants to be a deep-dish meditation on fathers, sons, and the consequences of the decisions we make. But it's a slow-burner that burns so slowly its wick completely fizzles out.
Full Review | Original Score: C
March 27, 2013
Mr. Cianfrance's artistic vision catapults it above the limitations of contrivance and into a realm of constantly evolving shifts of tone and mood.
March 27, 2013
''The Place Beyond the Pines'' aims admirably for an epic sense of Greek tragedy, and it does have some powerful individual moments, but the characters are all so underdeveloped that the whole effort feels like studied posturing.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
March 26, 2013
The movie looks great throughout, blending action, urban drama and family melodrama with a dark, thrumming undertone that holds them together.
March 26, 2013
Sure to inspire indifference and cultish admiration in nearly equal measure, this extravagant mess may someday be re-evaluated as a misunderstood masterpiece.
March 26, 2013
There's a distinct feeling that the movie is trapped in its own pop psychology.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 25, 2013
A somber and striking drama that takes some wrong turns but features a charismatic performance from Ryan Gosling in the leanest and best of its three sections.
March 24, 2013
The segments are essentially monodramas, so sketchily written that the big moments feel less like recognizable human behavior than recognizable screenwriter overreaching.
Top Critic
January 22, 2013
A sweeping, bold and admirably ambitious crime movie triptych, which almost compensates for its occasional overreaching with sheer bravado and fully committed performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 22, 2013
Overlong and under-conceived.
September 9, 2012
There is true beauty in the despair that pervades "The Place Beyond The Pines."
Full Review | Original Score: B