Bluebird (2014)

In the northern reaches of Maine, a local school bus driver becomes distracted during her end-of-day inspection, and fails to notice a sleeping boy in the back of the bus. What happens next shatters the tranquility of her small Maine… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 17, 2014
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Critic Score: 79% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Unrelentingly somber yet undeniably powerful, Bluebird serves as a thought-provoking calling card for debuting writer-director Lance Edmands.

Andrew O'Hehir

If you're willing to enter the world of downbeat northern gloom in Bluebird, it's a delicate and affecting drama with grace notes of mystery and redemption.

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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

The dangling ending won't appeal to everyone, but nobody makes a movie like "Bluebird" with that in mind, anyway.

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Lauren Burgess

It's a pity Bluebird never quite manages to provide the real emotional payoff that it's seemingly working towards, but it's still an interesting portrait of loss and guilt.

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Glenn Kenny

Edmands' scenario provides plenty of opportunity for narrative twists and social commentary, but these aren't the areas of interest for the filmmaker. Rather, he's interested in the people ...

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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader

What a shame that the first film to star venerable stage actress Amy Morton is this terminally arty drama.

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Travis Hopson

We can't allow movies the quality of Bluebird to fly under the radar.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

On one level, "Bluebird" is a bitter slice of life about hardy, stoic New Englanders battling the elements and a crumbling regional economy. On another, it's a poetic meditation on the human struggle to make sense of a cruel and indifferent universe.

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Mike D'Angelo
AV Club

Earnestly well-intentioned and doggedly uncommercial, this is the kind of film that's worth rooting for in principle, but a solid cast and evocative 35 mm photography can't compensate for its slightly stultifying familiarity.

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Keith Phipps
The Dissolve

Shooting on 35mm, Jody Lee Lipes makes the harshness look beautiful and unforgiving, and in a film filled with strong performances, Morton's work stands out.

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Flixster Audience Score: 42% Flixster User Reviews
Byron Brubaker
I saw this desolate film at the Cleveland International Film Festival 2014. This independent film shot in Maine in the dead of winter has several name actors.… More
Brendan Nicholls
Great indie film and that moment you have that little mistake that brings everything down. This won't appeal to everyone but if you enjoy a slow burning… More