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The Place Beyond The Pines

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Overall 7
7.0

The Place Beyond the Pines

ComingSoon
17 October 2013
  • Excerpt: Handsome Luke (Ryan Gosling) is a stunt motorcyclist at the circus who returns to an upstate town where he encounters a former fling (Eva Mendes), who has had his child since he was last in town. Soon after, he meets Robin (Ben Mendelsohn), a former bank robber who realizes that Luke's skills on a motorcycle can be used to rob local banks.
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Overall 8
8.0

The Place Beyond the Pines

Slant Magazine
9 August 2013
  • Excerpt: Derek Cianfrance's at once striking and jejune visual vocabulary was accurately described by Richard Brody at the time of the heroically performed Blue Valentine 's release as a brand of prefabricated poetry: "Cianfrance borrows his methods and his moods from a grab-bag of clichés. [Arnold] Schoenberg expanded music to a new world of chromaticism; Cianfrance reduces the cinema to monochrome sentiment." Not to mention monochrome ideas.
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Overall 7
7.0

The Place Beyond the Pines

High-Def Digest
9 August 2013
  • Conclusion: Few films are as exquisitely constructed and meticulously executed as 'The Place Beyond the Pines,' and though director and co-writer Derek Cianfrance's multi-layered story at times sputters and stalls, the memorable characters and potent themes carry it through. Balancing a searing directness with an understated presentation, Cianfrance weaves an intricate fabric, and produces a literate, thought-provoking work that plays even better on a second viewing.
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Overall 9
9.2
Actors overall 9
9.0
Audio 10
9.7
Extras 9
8.8

The Place Beyond the Pines (Blu-ray)

DVD Verdict
6 August 2013
  • Summary: Given a choice, Judge Gordon Sullivan prefers meditations on pizza to meditations on violence.
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Overall 8
8.0
Movie overall 8
8.0
Extras 6
6.0

The Place Beyond the Pines Blu-ray Review

blu-ray.com
6 August 2013
  • Conclusion: The Place Beyond the Pines is a powerful ensemble drama, with outstanding performances and a carefully structured trio of riveting stories that bypass the usual interconnected-character tropes and strive for something greater; something more honest and revealing. The sins of the father are revisited upon the son in spectacularly minimalistic fashion, and a divisive, initially jarring third act is the only thing that prevents the film from resonating more.
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The Place Beyond the Pines Blu-ray Review

BigPictureBigSound
6 August 2013
  • Excerpt: The Film Two of the sexiest men alive on one screen? While the idea of Bradley Cooper and Ryan Gosling together sounds like a great excuse for a girls' night out, the two share very little screen time in The Place Beyond the Pines . That's just fine, though. After all, this isn't some rom-com with tons of eye candy that's all tied up in a pretty Hollywood ending. In fact, it's just the opposite.
  • Pros: Actors: Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes, Ray Liotta, Dane DeHaan, Rose Byrne, Mahershala Ali, Emory Cohen, Bruce Greenwood, Harris Yulin, Ben Mendelsohn, Director: Derek Cianfrance, Audio/Languages: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (English), Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish, Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1, Number of Discs: 2, Rating: R, Studio: Universal, Blu-ray Disc Release Date: August 6, 2013, Run Time: 141 minutes, List Price: $34.98, Extras: Deleted and Extended S...
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Overall 8
8.0
Audio 8
8.0

The Place Beyond the Pines

BluRay Authority
5 August 2013
  • Excerpt: One of my early picks for favorite film of this past year is also a difficult one to review. It’s not confusing, mind you, but to avoid potential spoilers, it can be tricky. I will tread the waters very carefully. The film plays out in a trilogy of stories. They are all interconnected and come full circle by the time the end credits begin to roll. The film begins with a motorcyle stunt rider as he performs a daring stunt.
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Place Beyond The Pines, The

Rock! Shock! Pop!
3 August 2013
  • Summary: An intelligently written, very well acted and beautifully shot film, The Place Beyond The Pines drags a bit in its last half but is still very much worth watching. It’s a very pensive and layered film that moves at a deliberate pace and which benefits from a strong cast and some excellent production values. Universal’s Blu-ray isn’t as stacked with extras as some might have hoped for but it presents the movie in beautiful shape and with a few decent supplements as well.
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Overall 7
7.0
Movie overall 6
6.0
Audio 8
8.0
Extras 5
5.0

THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES - Blu-ray review

moviemet.com
25 July 2013
  • Summary: "The Place Beyond the Pines" is an uneven effort by Derek Cianfrance, but the writer/director has nothing to be ashamed about.
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Overall 8
8.0

The Place Beyond The Pines

Cinema Blend
29 March 2013
  • Excerpt: The mythic-sounding title The Place Beyond the Pines is in fact the Mohawk name for a town often synonymous with the mundane: Schenectady, New York. Among verdant rolling hills and modest clapboard houses writer-director Derek Cianfrance unspools a large, deadly serious story about fathers and sons and generations shaped by one act of violence, like a working-class Godfather in which no one is powerful or clever enough to actually become a Don.
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