The Place Beyond The Pines
The Place Beyond The Pines (2013)

The highly anticipated new drama from director Derek Cianfrance ("Blue Valentine") powerfully explores the consequences of motorcycle rider Luke's (Academy Award nominee Ryan Gosling) fateful decision to commit a crime to… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: July 23, 2013
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Critic Score: 80% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Ambitious to a fault, The Place Beyond the Pines finds writer/director Derek Cianfrance reaching for -- and often grasping -- thorny themes of family, fatherhood, and fate.

Wesley Morris

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.

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

The Place Beyond the Pines is hackneyed and dull: Not a single moment rings true.

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Clayton Davis

Utterly compelling with a magic wand of storytelling from writer/director Derek Cianfrance along with co-writers Ben Coccio and Darius Marber, The Place Beyond the Pines is one of the more natural and stylistic endeavors of 2013.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

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.

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

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.

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Austin Trunick
Under the Radar

The Place Beyond the Pines isn't a bad movie; it's three bad movies strung together by implausible logic.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

"Pines" is hardy stuff, but it's at its toughest when Gosling's on screen.

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

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.

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Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight

A jumbled triptych that frequently meanders without finding its center.

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Flixster Audience Score: 75% Flixster User Reviews
Liam Gadd
The scope of Cianfrance's follow-up to ''Blue Valentine'' may be larger than that film, but the director still has the ability to… More
Everett Johnson
I absolutely love watching a movie that I really have no idea what it is about, and being thrown curveball after curveball. Movies nowadays are very much the… More
Cynthia S.
This was like three movies in one...very long, and pointless. The first 30 minutes of the movie has action, fine acting, a story line. After that point, it… More
Nate Zoebl
Ambitious filmmaking is welcome, but usually ambition leads somewhere, which is the main problem with co-writer and director Derek Cianfrance's unwieldy… More
Chris Weber
I rather enjoyed Blue Valentine, so when i heard that writer/director Derek Cianfrance and star Ryan Gosling were teaming up again, I got pretty excited,… More
Manu Gino
One moment can change your life. Great FIlm! What he have here is a story about fathers and their sons. In fact, three separate stories - each one leads into… More