100

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Extraordinary and beautiful.
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100

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Halfway into Blue Valentine, a work so beautifully acted and emotionally honest it is my choice for best movie of the year, there's an amazing flashback scene you hope never ends.
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100

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Gosling and Williams have the most palpable chemistry of any screen couple this year, never striking a false note in this achingly tender tale of a love that implodes before our eyes.
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100

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Blue Valentine is lushly touching and gorgeously told.
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90

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Here's one vote for the most affecting, anguishing, revealing and prophetic scene of the movie year-and yes, it's all of those things at once in a powerful film that alternates between moments of earlier happiness and later pain.
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88

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams give two of the most explosive and emotionally naked performances you will see anywhere. Just know you're in for a workout.
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85

Movieline

By Stephanie Zacharek
The faces of these performers - particularly Williams' - are the key to Blue Valentine.
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63

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
There's a loose, vérité vibe here, and times when both Williams and Gosling root down deep to deliver something resonant and true. But this modern-day kitchen sink drama is ultimately too painful, too labored, to care much about at all.
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50

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
All the movie's good style goes to waste on a not terribly compelling conceit and loosely sketched characters.
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

Ultimately, the heavy-handed and annoyingly obvious aesthetic wears thin.
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81 out of 100
Universal acclaim
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