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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 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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Overall 8
8.0
Audio 8
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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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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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Overall 7
7.3

The Place Beyond The Pines

AV Club
28 March 2013
  • Excerpt: Derek Cianfrance’s Blue Valentine was defined by an almost unbearable intimacy, an eagerness to plumb deep into the most wrenching emotions of a doomed romance, captured with raw candor and honesty. The Place Beyond The Pines, Cianfrance’s remarkable but overreaching follow-up, initially shares those qualities, as well as another riveting star turn from Ryan Gosling, who lends his soulful trick motorcycle rider turned outlaw antihero the minimalist magnetism of a young...
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Overall 8
8.0

Place Beyond The Pines, The

Empire Online
21 October 2013
  • Conclusion: In trying to tell an enormous amount of story it can spread itself too thin and leave some strands feeling unfinished, but when it’s at its best, this is beautiful and bold filmmaking.
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Overall 8
8.0

The Place Beyond The Pines

totalfilm.com
29 July 2013
  • Summary: The director of Blue Valentine plays the long game...
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