The Place Beyond The Pines Reviews

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September 4, 2018
Its themes are familiar - guilt; redemption; manliness; those fraternal sins - but Cianfrance's artistry and the actors' riveting performances hook you in, and may even bring depth.
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.
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.
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.
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.
June 14, 2013
Motivation is the weak link here, with characters major and minor making choices that don't compute and/or serve mainly to advance the narrative down the next twist of track toward the tragedy looming on the horizon.
May 7, 2013
Cianfrance creates a layered and moving portrait of working-class life, of people trying-- in many of the wrong ways-- to improve lives for themselves and the generations to come.
April 22, 2013
The mythically tinged final scene brings events full circle in a way that is superficially satisfying while also conceding that the movie's chief concern is men and the art of motorcycle maintenance.
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 film is so velvety textured and dreamy, I would've stuck around for more. That is Cianfrance's special talent.
April 12, 2013
It's easy to roll your eyes at the film's overreach, but every movie should be so flawed
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
It sounds ungrateful to complain that The Place Beyond the Pines is ambitious to a fault. But Cianfrance is capable of shapelier cinema.
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.
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