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Rated R · 120 minutes · 2010

Drama, Romance
Blue Valentine is essentially two excellent films in one: It’s a sweet, passionate romance, and it’s a blisteringly nasty breakup story. In one part of writer-director Derek Cianfrance’s film, we see Dean and Cindy (Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams) magically falling in love and moving toward marriage. This portion is shot with a beautiful romantic grace, and is full of promise. In the other part, we see Dean and Cindy a few years down the road, and their marriage is a terrible mess. Each of them possesses only slight hints of the joy and happiness depicted in the earlier years, and the scenes are appropriately shot with a grainy, gritty look. Cianfrance interweaves the two periods—the happy past trades scenes with the grim future—and the effect is heartbreaking. Gosling and Williams are extraordinary, putting forth the kind of work most performers only dream of delivering.


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Official Site: www.bluevalentinemovie.com
Director: Derek Cianfrance
Producer: Lynette Howell, Alex Orlovsky, Jamie Patricof, Doug Dey, Jack Lechner, Scott Osman, Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams
Cast: Ryan Gosling, Michelle Williams, Faith Wladyka, John Doman, Mike Vogel, Ben Shenkman, Maryann Plunkett, Samii Ryan, Eileen Rosen and Tamara Torres

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Creative Loafing Atlanta Blue Valentine's 20/20 hindsight of heartbreak Gosling and Williams shine through bleak romance by Curt Holman 01/07/2011
NUVO Valentine's Day: Flying solo To help you through the actual day of reckoning, we've drafted a list of go-to activities that just might distract you from the looming prospect of dying alone. by Catherine Green 02/13/2011
East Bay Express It Didn't Work Out: Blue Valentine, Rabbit Hole, and Bhutto Three women and their best-laid plans. by Kelly Vance 01/05/2011
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The Coast Halifax Blue Valentine steals our hearts If you think you’ve seen it before, you’re wrong, and you’re also right. by Tara Thorne 01/27/2011
Memphis Flyer Blue Valentine by Addison Engelking 01/27/2011
NUVO Ed reviews: 'Blue Valentine' Compelling performances by Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams in this stark, depressing amd beautiful portrait of a failing relationship. by Ed Johnson-Ott 01/11/2011
Boise Weekly Roses Are Red, This Is A Blue Valentine Method acting leads to honest connection on screen. by Jordan Wilson 05/18/2011
Indy Week A raw, gritty tale of love gone bad in Blue Valentine A raw, plaintive portrait of a romance's heady birth and excruciating death rattle by Neil Morris 01/26/2011
Charleston City Paper Falling in and out of love in Blue Valentine Blue Valentine is a difficult, heartbreaking film, but it’s also essential viewing if only for offering a corrective to all of the tales of blissful, uncomplicated love we’ve been spoon-fed. by Felicia Feaster 01/26/2011
Portland Mercury Love Hurts Blue Valentine: an autopsy of a marriage. by Dave Bow 01/13/2011
Colorado Springs Independent Killing Cupid: Blue Valentine This film racked up accolades on many critics' yearly favorites lists. But did it really deserve them? by Jonathan Kiefer 01/27/2011

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