Forty Shades of Blue
Forty Shades of Blue (2005)

"Forty Shades of Blue" tells the story of Laura, a young Russian woman living in Memphis with a much older rock n' roll legend, and the personal awakening she experiences in the wake of her unfortunate affair with his… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 28, 2005
DVD Release Date: May 16, 2006
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Critic Score: 59% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: In its portrayal of a woman's awakening and disillusionment, Forty Shades of Blue is as nuanced as its title would suggest.

Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic

It contains some very good performances and some finely observed writing.

Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News

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.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

Just more art house malarkey...

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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star

... both emotionally captivating and elusive ...

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

[Torn's] acting so well he not only creates this character, but makes him into an object lesson.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Aspires to tell us something revealing about compromised souls.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

Subtle and morose to a fault, in the end it's just Junebug, another Sundance downer, without the heart.

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Eleanor Ringel Cater
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Forty Shades of Blue hits you like a shot of moonshine whiskey. Right in the gut, with a buzz that just keeps going.

Anton Bitel

This plodding mood-piece is as emotionally engaging as a paint catalogue.

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