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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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“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
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Blue Valentine has a rare emotional intensity. There is no way to prepare for its final frames, inevitable as they are.
Rafer Guzman, Newsday  full review
 
A searing portrait of the disintegration of not just a marriage but, more importantly, the love that once fueled it.
Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic  full review
 
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.
James Berardinelli, ReelViews  full review
 
Blue Valentine comes on like a bittersweet cautionary tale.
Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post  full review
 
It's not an easy movie, but it is a powerful, unforgettable experience.
Tom Long, Detroit News  full review
 
Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling tear up the screen.
J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader  full review
 
The performances are as raw as the characters.
Rick Groen, Globe and Mail  full review
 
Bright-eyed youth and bedraggled adulthood alternate in a sad spectacle beautifully and sensitively portrayed.
Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune  full review
 
You are witnessing the implosion of a marriage, and it's a sad, discomfiting thing to behold.
Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald  full review
 
Almost unbearably harrowing but also deeply cathartic, as viewers create their own meanings within Dean and Cindy's singular downward spiral.
Ann Hornaday, Washington Post  full review
 
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.
Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune  full review
 
What do we expect of a spouse? "Blue Valentine" makes us ask that question.
Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle  full review
 
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.
Wesley Morris, Boston Globe  full review
 
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.
Peter Howell, Toronto Star  full review
 
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.
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times  full review
 
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.
Dana Stevens, Slate  full review
 
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.
Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor  full review
 
Flashes of brilliance, but the lead performances were mannered and the script overwritten. Too self-consciously indie-hipster.
Richard Roeper, Richard Roeper.com  full review
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