Generally favorable reviews - based on 42 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 42
  2. Negative: 0 out of 42
  1. Reviewed by: Richard Roeper
    Mar 27, 2013
    The music, the cinematography, the acting choices, the daring plot leaps — not a single element is timid or safe...The Place Beyond the Pines earns every second of its 140-minute running time.
  2. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Mar 26, 2013
    I think you’ll find it as fresh, original and breathlessly exciting as I did.
  3. Reviewed by: Kevin Jagernauth
    Mar 3, 2013
    A brilliant, towering picture, The Place Beyond The Pines is a cinematic accomplishment of extraordinary grace and insight.
  4. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Apr 10, 2013
    It's a story languorously told in three chapters, the first two in the late 1980s and the third 15 years later. Each could be a movie unto themselves. Together they prove Cianfrance to be an effectively unobtrusive storyteller, crafting without artifice what book critics would call a page turner.
  5. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Mar 3, 2013
    That the movie succeeds both as a high-stakes crime thriller as well as a far quieter and empathetic study of angry, solitary men proves that Cianfrance has a penchant for bold storytelling and an eye for performances to carry it through.
  6. Reviewed by: Leah Churner
    Apr 10, 2013
    The film is so velvety textured and dreamy, I would’ve stuck around for more. That is Cianfrance’s special talent.
  7. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Apr 11, 2013
    This is a story about legacy, the sins of the father, the restlessness in our souls. It's powerful, it's bold, it hits you hard.
  8. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Apr 4, 2013
    It is a better, more fully felt and moving picture than "Blue Valentine."
  9. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Mar 28, 2013
    A riveting crime thriller, it's also a multi-generational familial saga that approaches Greek tragedy.
  10. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Mar 28, 2013
    Don't let the quiet, indie stylings of The Place Beyond the Pines fool you. This is a big movie with a lot on its mind. Slowly, it unfolds into a kind of epic.
  11. Reviewed by: Marc Mohan
    Apr 4, 2013
    Cianfrance is the real deal, and anyone who can persuade talented Hollywood stars to enact nonironic, intelligent, ambitious drama should be encouraged, especially when the result is something like this.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 278 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 74 out of 90
  2. Negative: 9 out of 90
  1. Apr 12, 2013
    Easily the best of 2013 so far. This movie had so much emotion with the soundtrack, characters, and symbolism. Where Django Unchained had me at the edge of my seat with excitment and laughter, PBP hit me right in the heart and soul. Full Review »
  2. May 20, 2013
    The Place Beyond the Pines rushes out to a fast beginning giving the audience so much but by half way through, becomes a slow and drawn out film that loses its intensity it once had. Full Review »
  3. Apr 16, 2013
    This hard-to-remember title is actually the native tribe's name for Schenectady, which is where the movie takes place…in 3 parts. First, motorcycle stunt rider (Ryan Gosling) decides to stay in the town where he's fathered a child (with Eva Mendes). His turn to crime segues into part 2, when a good cop (Bradley Cooper) faces corruption on the force. Part 3 takes place 15 years later. Director Derek Cianfrance LOVES Gosling (they did the self-indulgent "Blue Valentine" together). He lingers on his face in extreme closeups, while Gosling broods and emotes. The rest of the cast is also strong, but it's the complex, compelling script that involves (except the contrived clincher near the end). This is a relentless downer, but a completely absorbing experience. Full Review »