Blue Valentine

Metascore
81

Universal acclaim - based on 42 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 42
  2. Negative: 0 out of 42

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Ray Greene
    Dec 20, 2010
    60
    The kind of grim, character-based movie that needs a strong performer to anchor it. Director Derek Cianfrance has been fortunate enough to land two: Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling.
  2. Reviewed by: Marc Mohan
    Jan 14, 2011
    50
    It wallows in misery so much that the two-hour experience ends up being about as much fun as a real divorce.
  3. Reviewed by: Wesley Morris
    Jan 6, 2011
    50
    All the movie's good style goes to waste on a not terribly compelling conceit and loosely sketched characters.
  4. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Dec 30, 2010
    50
    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.
  5. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    Dec 29, 2010
    50
    Cindy and Dean remain, for all their sustained agony and flickering joy, something less than completely realized human beings. Mr. Cianfrance's ingenious chronological gimmick, coupled with his anxious, clumsy plotting, leaves them without enough oxygen to burst into breathing, loving life.
  6. Reviewed by: Karina Longworth
    Dec 28, 2010
    50
    Even when transparently plumbing for depth, Cianfrance's film is frustratingly surface-bound in ways that reflect, if not out-and-out misogyny, then at least a lack of interest in imbuing his female character with the rich interior life and complicated morality he gives his male lead.
  7. Reviewed by: Duane Byrge
    Dec 21, 2010
    50
    Ultimately, the heavy-handed and annoyingly obvious aesthetic wears thin.
User Score
6.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 332 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 57 out of 70
  2. Negative: 8 out of 70
  1. Feb 9, 2011
    9
    Cianfrance's directing is laid back, as in he lets the actors do the story telling. The emotional bond formed by these characters can be seenCianfrance's directing is laid back, as in he lets the actors do the story telling. The emotional bond formed by these characters can be seen and felt, due to the two spectacular leads. The soundtrack provided by Grizzly Bear highlights the emotional strain just right. Full Review »
  2. Jan 31, 2011
    5
    Stars Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams were also executive producers of this film, which explains the self-indulgent acting exercise thatStars Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams were also executive producers of this film, which explains the self-indulgent acting exercise that they've turned into a downer. It runs two parallel courses, when they meet and fall in love and several years later, when their marriage is falling apart. It took 3 writers to create the mundane dialogue and a director with a claustrophobic camera. Granted, the performances are award material, but the film is grim and painful for the characters and for us. Full Review »
  3. Feb 9, 2011
    2
    After watching Blue Valentine all I could feel was disappointment. The screenplay didn't do justice to the cast, who gave an outstandingAfter watching Blue Valentine all I could feel was disappointment. The screenplay didn't do justice to the cast, who gave an outstanding performance considering. Full Review »