Blue Valentine

Blue Valentine

Blue Valentine

Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams star in this romantic-drama, a portrait of a disintegrating marriage. Unfolding like a mystery, the film cross-cuts between time periods to reveal the evolution of their relationship.

On the far side of a once-passionate romance, Cindy (Williams) and Dean (Gosling) are married with a young daughter. Problems with the marriage centre around Cindy's ambition, juxtaposed to Dean's contentment to focus on his wife and child. 

The film was scored by great, Brooklyn indie band, Grizzly Bear.

2010Rating: MA15+, Strong sex scenes, themes and coarse language113 minsUSA
DramaRomance

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Blue Valentine / Reviews

Variety

Variety

On balance, this is a meaty, strongly realized dramatic work of considerable accomplishment.

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Total Film

Total Film

A raw slog through one couple’s marital misery, but make no mistake: the combined talents of its stars will rip your heart out.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

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.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

Derek Cianfrance, the film's writer and director, observes with great exactitude the birth and decay of a relationship. This film is alive in its details.

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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

Two brilliant actors in search of a story

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

A raw but beautiful picture of love uniting and dividing: tender, real and heartfelt.

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Dominion Post

Dominion Post

Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling are breathtaking in this enormously watchable and compassionate film.

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