Blue Valentine

Blue-thumbstandard Once crazy about each other, Cindy and Dean have now grown apart. Cindy is disenchanted while Dean languishes in the emotional emptyness of their life in rural Pennsylvania. As they muddle through their marriage, they hearken back to the golden days.
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Netflix Rating: 3.4
NYT Review
“Blue Valentine," a long-gestating project directed by Derek Cianfrance, examines a young couple falling in and out of love, and makes of that thin line a vast and blurry no man’s land. Read the review
Rotten Tomatoes: Fresh 88%
Critics' score: 88   Audience score: 75   Rotten Tomatoes page
Top Rotten Tomatoes Critics

Blue Valentine has a rare emotional intensity. There is no way to prepare for its final frames, inevitable as they are. full review

Rafer Guzman, Newsday

A searing portrait of the disintegration of not just a marriage but, more importantly, the love that once fueled it. full review

Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic

An autopsy of a failed marriage, it contrasts the giddy honeymoon beginning with the sad denouement after dysfunction has devastated the groundwork of hope and newness. full review

James Berardinelli, ReelViews

Blue Valentine comes on like a bittersweet cautionary tale. full review

Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post

It's not an easy movie, but it is a powerful, unforgettable experience. full review

Tom Long, Detroit News

Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling tear up the screen. full review

J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader

The performances are as raw as the characters. full review

Rick Groen, Globe and Mail

Bright-eyed youth and bedraggled adulthood alternate in a sad spectacle beautifully and sensitively portrayed. full review

Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune

You are witnessing the implosion of a marriage, and it's a sad, discomfiting thing to behold. full review

Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald

Almost unbearably harrowing but also deeply cathartic, as viewers create their own meanings within Dean and Cindy's singular downward spiral. full review

Ann Hornaday, Washington Post

The best of it plays like an acting exercise that serves the intimate, often bruising relationship at the core. Gosling seems to be pulling from an impressive bag of performance tricks, Williams from a deeper well, drawn from life. full review

Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune

What do we expect of a spouse? "Blue Valentine" makes us ask that question. full review

Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle

As the film, which Derek Cianfrance directed and co-wrote, makes its way to the end of its second hour, it becomes an acutely stylized, slow-motion marital accident. You either want to call AAA or roll your eyes. full review

Wesley Morris, Boston Globe

The film proceeds in what feels like real time, but with no obvious beginning or end. It's a latticework of moments happy and sad. full review

Peter Howell, Toronto Star

Derek Cianfrance, the film's writer and director, observes with great exactitude the birth and decay of a relationship. This film is alive in its details. full review

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

This is a marvel of a movie, but in the interest of perpetuating the human race, I'd counsel dewy young couples embarking on life's journey to check into a sex motel instead. full review

Dana Stevens, Slate

The film's time structure is splintered into shards of past and present, which is probably just as well -- a strictly narrative chronology would make this wallow seem even sloggier. full review

Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor

Flashes of brilliance, but the lead performances were mannered and the script overwritten. Too self-consciously indie-hipster. full review

Richard Roeper, Richard

... when you break it down, [it] largely feels genuinely honest, rather than aspiring to an obvious movie facsimile of "honest." full review

Glenn Kenny, MSN Movies

Blue Valentine wrenches us with its painful and tender understanding of how people with even this tattered a connection can lunge for love as if it were air. full review

Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
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