Written April 13, 2013
Very well acted especially Ryan Gosling. He is an amazing actor and captures this role entirely.
The movie was too long and the plot became too "soap opera" like when the two sons' stories are told.
Written July 31, 2015
Wow! After seeing 64 films on screen so far in 2013, FINALLY, a good one debuts. Frankly, the pabulum being slung across US malls and stadiums since January 1 was becoming nauseating to this audience member. Suddenly and at last, a story-driven, wholly immersive, edge of your seat, intensely engaging dramatic thriller! A-list cast, solid screenplay, near perfect execution-talent and technical. This one grabs you and doesn't let go until it fades to black. See it. You won't be disappointed. They just don't come much better than this.
Written January 29, 2015
This movie sucked. Don't waste your money.
It had potential but never really developed into one decent story.
I won't even bother to see it for free on TV. It will be on Netflix soon, that's how bad it was.
Written July 08, 2015
Awful...awful...awful. Ryan Gossling was pretty good. So tired of waiting for Bradley Cooper to be a good actor. He is (in three words) Very Bad. This movie was a waste of time and money!! STINKS!!!
Written July 29, 2015
One of the saddest movies I have ever seen as it depicts generations of harm the characters do to each other without anyone, for one second, having any evil intent. There is little nobility, either, and a lot of the characters are willing to do things they know are not right in order to get some momentary advantage, but their moral compasses, intelligence and ingenuity are not up to the task of guiding them through the terrible situation they find themselves in. And that situation is life, neither at its best nor worst, in Schenectady, New York.