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Victor Nuņez's Coastlines centers on Sonny (Timothy Olyphant), who is returning home after his release from prison. When he asks for money owed to him by local crime boss Fred Vance (William Forsythe), Vance responds by blowing up Sonny's home (causing the death of Sonny's father). Sonny moves in with old friends Dave and Ann (Josh Brolin and Sarah Wynter), even though Dave is now a policeman. Ann, who has grown bored by her husband's conversion from wild man to cop, begins an affair with Sonny. Nuņez wrote this script before his breakthrough films Ruby in Paradise and… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 48%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's flawed but no less fascinating for its mood of simmering tension on the fringes of the American dream."
‑ Jeff Shannon, Seattle Times
"Keeps you entertained throughout its two hours, which says a lot about Nunez's storytelling."
‑ Marta Barber, Miami Herald
"Disappointing low-key modern film noir."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"There's so much simmering behind the characters that the film seems to get away from Nunez, which is fine. The messy emotions and illogic of human nature defines this drama."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"The third entry lacks the subtle power of the previous two efforts."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"A skeeter noir bogged down in the unconvincing pulp of a melodrama without conviction."
‑ Kevin Crust, Los Angeles Times
"Seems to want to make a point but never does."
‑ Eric Monder, Film Journal International
"Despite good performances, this attempt to intertwine a crime thriller with a love triangle never gels...Fans of Ulee's Gold, Ruby in Paradise, and A Flash of Green are likely to feel disappointed by this decidedly lesser effort."
‑ Andy Klein, Los Angeles CityBeat
"The talent is still there, the film better than most. It just needs less crime, more love."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"Proves that while Ulee's Gold was an exceptional movie, it wasn't a fluke. Nuņez just needs to search past the Panhandle for fresh material."
‑ Michael Booth, Denver Post
"Again, Nunez proves himself a master of understatement, presenting another poignant, slice-of-life drama peopled with vulnerable, fully fleshed-out characters caught-up in a complex situation."
‑ Kam Williams, NewsBlaze
"Longtime independent writer-director Victor Nunez brings a rare combination of homegrown regional sensibility and genuine filmmaking skills to his low-key stories of small-town life on Florida's gulf coast."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
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