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Based on 31 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
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  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Bruckner is an amazement, piercing the heart without begging for sympathy. This small gem of a movie is the perfect setting for her breakthrough performance. show more

  • 75
    C.W. Nevius San Francisco Chronicle

    This is a film without a single false note. From the rain-streaked windshield to the unaffected line readings from a stellar cast, there is not a shot in Blue Car that doesn't ring true. show more

  • 75
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Blue Car is like an unpolished sapphire, at once harshly realistic and resplendent. show more

  • 80
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    For the most part, though, Ms. Moncrieff has given us a portrait of a young woman with a luminous soul. show more

  • 75
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    Not an easy movie to watch. show more

  • 63
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    Even without nudity, the sex scene between Meg and Auster is one of the most uncomfortable on film. Not just because of the actors' age difference (Strathairn is 54, Bruckner 17), but because of Meg's inexperience and misplaced trust. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The ending of the film is as calculated and cruel as a verbal assault by a Neil LaBute character. show more

  • 88
    Chris Kaltenbach Baltimore Sun

    There are no surprise twists, no characters who rise above themselves, no cheap happy endings. There are just people struggling with emotions and situations they think are beyond their control. show more

  • 75
    Mark Caro Chicago Tribune

    Captures the complex dynamic of a mentoring relationship like few movies before it. show more

  • 75
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    Ms. Moncrieff's low-key directing is matched by fine acting from Agnes Bruckner as Meg and David Strathairn as her mentor. Aside from a somewhat schematic climax, this is as smart a debut as we've seen in a long while. show more

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