Blue Valentine
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A complex portrait of a contemporary American marriage, "Blue Valentine" tells the story of David and Cindy, a couple who have been together for several years but who are at an impasse in their relationship. While Cindy has blossomed into a woman with opportunities and options, David is still the same person he was when they met, and he is unable to accept either Cindy's growth or his lack of it. Innovatively structured, the narrative unfolds in two distinct time frames, juxtaposing scenes of first love and youthful sexuality with those of disenchantment and discord.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 87%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Blue Valentine has a rare emotional intensity. There is no way to prepare for its final frames, inevitable as they are."
‑ Rafer Guzman, Newsday
"Blue Valentine comes on like a bittersweet cautionary tale."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"Cianfrance dives deeply into the happiness and heartache a damaged relationship can give you and has created a story that understands how real life romance actually works."
‑ Chase Whale, Gordon and the Whale
"Unlike Bergman's searing Scenes from a Marriage, which sustains itself for every one of its 299 devastating minutes, Blue Valentine begins to falter somewhere during its 114."
‑ Laura Kern, Film Comment Magazine
"Blue Valentine deserves a wide audience. But it is probably too authentically tragic to get it."
‑ Dan Jardine, Cinemania
"A searing portrait of the disintegration of not just a marriage but, more importantly, the love that once fueled it."
‑ Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"It's not an easy movie, but it is a powerful, unforgettable experience."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"Blue Valentine is interestingly styled and shot. It features outstanding performances from Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams and an inventive screenplay and structure."
‑ Will Chadwick, We Got This Covered
"[Director] Cianfrance is not interested in the Hollywood fairytale, he want to show that love can scar."
‑ Adam Ross, The Aristocrat
"A pesar de su por momentos dolorosa disección de una pareja, Blue Valentine es una hermosa historia de amor condenada al fracaso (así de paradójico). Y está animada por dos intérpretes de excepción."
‑ Enrique Buchichio, Uruguay Total
"An autopsy of a failed marriage, it contrasts the giddy honeymoon beginning with the sad denouement after dysfunction has devastated the groundwork of hope and newness."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling tear up the screen."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"A cold but commendable relationship drama."
‑ John Hanlon, Big Hollywood
"What we end up with here is 2/3 of a story that consequently feels incomplete. It obviously wanted to be something like "(500) Days of Summer" in terms of structure, but the writers just didn't know how to get up to that level."
‑ Jeff Beck,
"Moments so potent they seem to put the actors at emotional risk"
‑ Robert Denerstein, Movie Habit
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