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  • Summary: Forty Shades of Blue tells the story of Laura, a young Russian woman living in Memphis with a much older rock n' roll legend, and the personal awakening she experiences in the wake of her unfortunate affair with his estranged son. (First Look Pictures)
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Reviewed by: Kate Taylor
    Delicate, intelligent and honest.
  2. Alan, who Mr. Sachs has said was based on his own father, is a great character - passionate, complicated, bursting with life. Those words also describe Mr. Torn's performance.
  3. The song may be somewhat familiar, but Sach gets understated performances from his entire cast and finds interesting harmonies as they play out their clashing duets.
  4. 75
    I despised the character of Alan James so sincerely that I had to haul back at one point to remind myself that, hey, I've met Rip Torn and he's a nice guy and he's only acting.
  5. 75
    Rip Torn gives his best performance in years.
  6. It's Korzun's film, and she is in complete control of her character, never divulging too much of the haunted woman under the studied facade of American hotsiness.
  7. Reviewed by: Patrick Peters
    Rip Torn and Darren Burrows respectively over- and underplay their hands in this archly restrained Memphis melodrama.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. FranciscoM.
    Oct 6, 2005
    Rip Torn gives an amazing performance. I really enjoyed the film.
  2. BrianC.
    Jun 25, 2006
    Dynamite acting pulls this several notches above the pack.. Rip Torn is memorable.
  3. JohnB.
    Jul 5, 2006
    I can't imagine how this film received so many good reviews. (best drama at Sundance-you must be kidding!) It is a really thin, I can't imagine how this film received so many good reviews. (best drama at Sundance-you must be kidding!) It is a really thin, depressing little story that goes nowhere. The relationships between the characters are not in any way believable or interesting, and even the sex scenes were poorly done. [***SPOILERS***] The final scene was representative of the entire film-the female lead walks away from the car-no resolution, no closure, no reason to know what will happen to the characters, and even worse, no reason to care.The director is obviously new at filmaking, and needs more experience. I'm only sorry I had to sit through one of his early learning experiences, because it was boring and worth nothing. Expand