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Based on 42 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 25 )
  • 88
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams give two of the most explosive and emotionally naked performances you will see anywhere. Just know you're in for a workout. show more

  • 100
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Extraordinary and beautiful. show more

  • 100
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Gosling and Williams have the most palpable chemistry of any screen couple this year, never striking a false note in this achingly tender tale of a love that implodes before our eyes. show more

  • 90
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Here's one vote for the most affecting, anguishing, revealing and prophetic scene of the movie year-and yes, it's all of those things at once in a powerful film that alternates between moments of earlier happiness and later pain. show more

  • 63
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    There's a loose, vérité vibe here, and times when both Williams and Gosling root down deep to deliver something resonant and true. But this modern-day kitchen sink drama is ultimately too painful, too labored, to care much about at all. show more

  • 100
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    Halfway into Blue Valentine, a work so beautifully acted and emotionally honest it is my choice for best movie of the year, there's an amazing flashback scene you hope never ends. show more

  • 50
    The Hollywood Reporter

    Ultimately, the heavy-handed and annoyingly obvious aesthetic wears thin. show more

  • 85
    Stephanie Zacharek Movieline

    The faces of these performers - particularly Williams' - are the key to Blue Valentine. show more

  • 90
    Scott Tobias NPR

    Cianfrance and his actors, Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling, have not made a cold or schematic film. They aim instead for raw emotional experience, one that's full of insight into the ways a relationship can go astray, but mostly feels like a slow-motion punch to the gut. show more

  • 100
    Mike Scott New Orleans Times-Picayune

    It is beautiful, and it is difficult to watch. It is heartwarming, and it is heart-wrenching. It is absorbing, and it's unsettling. show more

  • December 07, 2013 rc00000000174371
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    This is an excellent but heart wrenching movie. very well acted by both Ryan Gosling an Michelle Williams. the story of found and lost love is so true to life. Their relationship started out so beautifully but just wasn\'t meant to be.

  • January 28, 2012 hedgelaw
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    Such an excellent movie that takes someone who appreciates realism in cenema to apprciate. Both charactrs were loving, angry and sad, all at diffrent times as wll as at the same tim in diffrnt parts. Although both had thir moments of sincr hope, their lies were going nowhre and wr hopeful, thir livs wr going nowhere. Story and characters so realistic that I can understand why many iewers were uncomfortable.

  • November 09, 2011 mh00000000095662
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    A carefully rendered portrait of messy, imperfect people in search of perfecting love and the disappointment that inevitably results. As candid and agonizing as Scenes from a Marriage. Gosling and Williams are terrific.

  • October 09, 2011 jjp0418
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    This was the worst P.O.S. that I have seen in a long time. I used to be a HUGE fan of Ryan Gosling, now after watching this I wonder if he\'s in his right mind to have accepted this boring \'trailer trash\' acting job. I have always wanted to like Michelle Williams, I put up with Wendy & Lucy because of the reviews led me to believe this was a great indie movie. That movie along with this dissappointment makes her my least favorite actress and I will ********* her future movies since I believe she has poor judgemnt to pick out roles. Her criteria seems to be: a role that doesn\'t make me brush my hair, I will be taken advantage of and I will look depressed and as sloppy as possible while delivering terrible predictable lines.

  • August 30, 2011 The mud Doctor
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  • June 05, 2011 bookcomber
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    give me a break...starting a film with angelic child calling for her lost dog...and it only goes down from there.

  • May 16, 2011 cd00000000090715
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    One gets lost in the flick. Story keeps jumping from present to past...disjointed. Poor camera work. Looks like a B flick movie. Has ABSOLUTELY NO ending. I still sit and wonder what was the ending?

  • March 09, 2011 valntino0928
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    An overblown and depressing film about two major losers who completely deserve each other. The pathos never rises above itself to instill hope. The critics are wrong about this one!

  • March 09, 2011 Mark
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    Very disjointed flashback approach script is hard to follow. No resolution of plot at the end, it just leaves you hanging. Camera work looks like movie was made by a high school cinematography class.

  • February 24, 2011 stonsfn
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    I liked it, but it is sad. I thought the acting was excellent. Ryan Gosling is terrific, as usual, and Michelle Williams plays a character that reminded me of her portrayal in "Brokeback Mountain". I don't agree that it went "nowhere" showed what happens when a marriage is doomed from the start, but the people involved know that and go ahead anyway. I say see it!


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