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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 61%

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"It contains some very good performances and some finely observed writing."
‑ Richard Nilsen, Arizona Republic
"Ira Sachs' story of hereditary malaise, passed from father to son, will disappoint anyone looking for a propulsive narrative or slam-bang excitement. But it will amply reward patient viewers who prefer a slow burn."
‑ Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News
"Aspires to tell us something revealing about compromised souls."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"...a sporadically well-acted curiosity."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
""Forty Shades of Blue" might have benefited from a little more honest melodrama, as the film is so subtle at times that it barely registers."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"... both emotionally captivating and elusive ..."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"[Torn's] acting so well he not only creates this character, but makes him into an object lesson."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Forty Shades of Blue is wonderfully unconventional, truthful and touching."
‑ Dan Callahan, Slant Magazine
"Impressively directed, low-key drama that really gets under your skin, thanks to strong performances from its three leads."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"The magnificent Korzun ... [delivers] a performance of internalized anguish."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
"Subtle and morose to a fault, in the end it's just Junebug, another Sundance downer, without the heart."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Forty Shades of Blue hits you like a shot of moonshine whiskey. Right in the gut, with a buzz that just keeps going."
‑ Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"This plodding mood-piece is as emotionally engaging as a paint catalogue."
‑ Anton Bitel, Film4
"Korzun . . . is a non-presence, a brittle facade . . . a sketchy screenplay [adds up to] Zero Depths of Feeling . . . a flat, tasteless, faux-Euromance."
‑ Brian Gibson, Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
"A nicely tuned American indie drama in a minor key..."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
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