The Place Beyond the Pines Synopsis
Luke is a high-wire motorcycle stunt performer who travels from town to town with the carnival, until he takes a new job as a bank robber.
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New York Observer

By Rex Reed
I think you’ll find it as fresh, original and breathlessly exciting as I did.
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100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Richard Roeper
The music, the cinematography, the acting choices, the daring plot leaps — not a single element is timid or safe...The Place Beyond the...
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88

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
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.
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88

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
A riveting crime thriller, it's also a multi-generational familial saga that approaches Greek tragedy.
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75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
It's a beast of a movie, an emotional roller coaster that threatens to go off the rails, and does. But Cianfrance, working from a scrappy...
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By David Rooney
Cianfrance generally shows again that he knows how to build immersive characterizations with his actors. And while this sorrowful triptych...
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70

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
One-third wonderful, The Place Beyond the Pines weakens as it unfolds for lack of what makes the early part so good.
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63

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
It’s very much a film about men, their yearnings and discontents, and about the way sins tumble down from one generation to the next. It’s...
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60

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
The poetry in The Place Beyond the Pines can be elusive, but also easy to get lost in.
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50

Entertainment Weekly

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It's a slow-burner that burns so slowly its wick completely fizzles out.
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The First Great Movie of 2013

By MedRed
It's about time! Not since "Side Effects" has there been a plot driven, well acted, beautifully shot movie with fully developed characters for 2013...and The Place Beyond the Pines (TPBTP) takes it to...

Not my kind of movie

By Rebel21
For me, this is not my type of movie. Although the coming attractions I have seen give the impression of being an action movie it was very slow moving....

The Place Beyond the Pines

By terrysigns4u
This had a winning cast so it should have been anything but a loser. The beginning of the movie gets off on a good start but after that it is a mess of disjointed pieces that are not properly tied...

GOOD SOLID STORY

By DONETZ
THIS FILM IS A EXCELLENT PLOT AND THE OUTCOME ...... IT IS A GREAT MISFORTUNE THAT , IN COMTEMPORY CULTURE , THERE ARE FILMS WITH THE DEPTH OF THIS FILM ...........

Worst Movie Since Waterworld...Don't Understand Reviews

By hugobarb
I was shocked at how bad this movie was in every aspect and don't understand the reviews. The movie was disjointed and like a patch work quilt of story lines that they try to bring together with no...

The Place Beyond the Pines

By stevendbeard
Ryan plays a carnival motorcycle stuntman that travels around the country . He runs into Eva , an old girlfriend [with a new baby ] . He puts two and two together and decides to stick around and...

A Place Beyond the Pines

By dheslington
The movie was very, very slow. Truly, does not hollywood know that excessive use of the F word shows a limited vocabulary? I never saw reviews for the movie, but I thought because of the stellar...

Gosling and Cooper do it again! Well done!

By sclori
Two words best describe this movie: Fantastic and Heavy. Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper and even Eva Mendes are all excellent in their roles. Great story, direction, acting and soundtrack! The story...

A Little Boring

By kurtisw
This movie was a little long and boring. It had potential, but failed to deliver....

Extremely Well done...

By southernbouy
Excellent movie, with lots of depth within the storyline, and excellent work by the entire cast. In my opinion, Ryan Gosling is quickly positioning himself as the leading actor of his...

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Rated R | For for language throughout, some violence, teen drug and alcohol use, and a sexual reference
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Pause for kids 16 & under Melancholy, mature drama explores father-son themes.
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