Blue Car
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The coming-of-age drama Blue Car is the directorial debut feature from actress Karen Moncrieff. Played by newcomer Agnes Bruckner, quiet high school student Meg lives in an apartment complex where she takes care of her troubled little sister, Lily (Regan Arnold), while her emotionally unavailable mom (Margaret Colin) is busy at work or school. Since her dad left, the family has been under financial strain and Lily suffers from starvation, delusions, and self mutilation. Meg maintains a calm demeanor and endures her responsibilities but unleashes her frustrations and pain through her poems,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 81%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Worth watching for the coming-out party of Agnes Bruckner, a relative newcomer who shows her mettle with an extraordinary performance in this very ordinary tear-jerker."
‑ Bill Muller, Arizona Republic
"The film is strengthened by the two leading performances."
‑ Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic
"...falters because it hews too closely to the witless cant of the average guy as a potential sex criminal."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"Cuts both ways: the poetry and the acting were hot, the story and the cinematography were not so hot."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Moncrieff, though seemingly incapable of lacing a story with surprises, writes snappy dialogue."
‑ Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
"An impressive first effort from Ms. Moncrieff, but the eternal Aristotelian in me finds it depressing to watch characters always walking around in moral quicksand."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"We've seen this unhappy scenario played out many times before, but seldom with a better eye for detail."
‑ Nicole Arthur, Washington Post
"Though the story is fragile, Bruckner's superlative acting registers Meg's feelings with the dead-on accuracy of an emotional geiger counter."
‑ Thomas Delapa, Boulder Weekly
"I found this movie fascinating -- but not an easy one to sit through. It's seems excruciatingly real."
‑ Betty Jo Tucker, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"The truest depiction I have ever seen on film of how children grow up with divorced parents. Hollywood blockbuster hype notwithstanding, this is actually the must-see movie of the summer."
‑ Joshua Tanzer, Offoffoff
"A well-intentioned coming-of-age film anchored by two indelible performances but weakened by an overabundance of drama."
‑ Connie Ogle, Miami Herald
"Certainly no feel-good flick of the summer. But it's always tough and honest."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Washington Post
"Vivid performances . . . the film's warmly luminous look and the richly rendered view of a troubled but talented teen's struggles with the adult world sustain the film."
‑ Brian Gibson, Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
"At the film's center Bruckner more than holds her own, beautifully capturing the anger, uncertainty and yearnings of an unhappy kid impatient for her 'real' life to begin."
‑ Robert W. Butler, Kansas City Star
"Painful to watch, yet it never sinks to melodrama."
‑ Jim Lane, Sacramento News & Review
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