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: March 29, 2013
DVD 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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Jason Bailey

Its narrative riskiness and emotional avidity don't always make for the smoothest viewing experience. But Cianfrance seems less interested in a tidy chronicle than in exploring some threads, in creating a feeling and seeing where it goes.

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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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Mark Jackson
Epoch Times

In the quietly decaying tragic-Americana setting of this fine film, the story is one of far-reaching repercussions, and how the loss of the father's virtue lands upon the son.

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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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Thirza Wakefield
Sight and Sound

Grand, plangent and innervating, Cianfrance's latest is more than adequate proof that he's as cut out for the big as for the small of cinema.

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Flixster Audience Score: 75% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
Not just a decent family drama but an unusual look at how the sins of the father reverberate throughout the whole community, and throughout their generations.… 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
Jens S.
The connection between the characters is pretty interesting and executed well. Sadly the second half is not quite as engaging as the first, up until the… 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
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