The Place Beyond The Pines
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The Place Beyond the Pines

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 81%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This naturalistic drama is ambitious to the point of being unwieldy... But once the story has advanced from one generation to the next and its thematic sweep has become apparent, these flaws seem much more tolerable."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"This is a story about legacy, the sins of the father, the restlessness in our souls. It's powerful, it's bold, it hits you hard."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"A powerful, towering, yet intimately-told epic with excellent performances, a unique structure, and a story told with as much passion and angst as the myriad sons in the film."
‑ Christopher Runyon, Movie Mezzanine
"Cianfrance doesn't always connect, but when he does, watch out"
‑ Robert Denerstein, Movie Habit
"The movie is constructed like a three-act saga, with only the third part failing to satisfy."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
""Pines" is hardy stuff, but it's at its toughest when Gosling's on screen."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"Cianfrance and his sterling cast keep it all together, vanquishing doubt and soap suds. There's a palpable sense of teamwork that brings out the best in all of these players."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"By the third story, in a movie that is two hours and twenty minutes long, I had grown weary of the film's heavy-handedness"
‑ Damien Straker, Impulse Gamer
"The Place Beyond the Pines is a heart-wrenching epic poem that quashes the delusion that sons won't be affected by the actions of their fathers."
‑ Blake Howard, 2UE That Movie Show
"Terrifically captivating, whether delivering breathless action, knuckle-whitening suspense or moments of quiet intimacy."
‑ Jason Best, Movie Talk
"The Place Beyond the Pines is hackneyed and dull: Not a single moment rings true."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"Its three stories are so loosely connected, its themes so scattered -- morality, justice, fate, fatherhood -- that it never manages to make a point."
‑ Rafer Guzman, Newsday
"What Cianfrance has written has scraps of surprise and a fine chase sequence, but it doesn't reach for the stars or the emotional cosmos -- or, at least, it doesn't know how to get there."
‑ Wesley Morris, Grantland
"Shot in melancholic, muted tones, The Place Beyond the Pines paints a gorgeous portrait of rural America, surrounded by expansive views of the countryside that hint at a deep history."
‑ Travis Hopson, Examiner.com
"Derek Cianfrance's The Place Beyond the Pines is an epic film that towers high above the rest as the very best film of 2013."
‑ Jeremy Lebens, We Got This Covered
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