The Place Beyond The Pines
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The Place Beyond The Pines
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 support his child. The incident renders him targeted by policeman Avery (Golden Globe Award nominee Bradley Cooper), and the two men become locked on a tense collision course which will have a devastating impact on both of their families in the years following. (c) Focus

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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
"The Place Beyond the Pines is hackneyed and dull: Not a single moment rings true."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"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."
‑ Clayton Davis,
"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
"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
"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
"The Place Beyond the Pines isn't a bad movie; it's three bad movies strung together by implausible logic."
‑ Austin Trunick, Under the Radar
"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
"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,
""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
"A jumbled triptych that frequently meanders without finding its center."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
"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
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