Blue Valentine

Blue Valentine

DVD - 2011
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MPAA rating: R; for strong graphic sexual content, language, and a beating.
An honest, moving and uninhibited love story. The uncompromising portrait of Dean and Cindy, a young married couple who have grown apart, taking one night away from their daughter to try to save their relationship. Highlighted by provocative scenes alternately intimate and intense, the film captured audiences and critics alike.

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victoriadouglas135
Apr 17, 2020

5 stars because it is a heart-wrenchingly accurate portayal of many marriages in the West today, and the acting is on point.

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franna
Mar 10, 2020

Acting was fine and I liked all the actors, BUT could only give it 2 star because it was a depressing story. Certainly not a feel good movie.

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iloveseaotters
May 20, 2019

Maybe this movie gets better after the first half hour but I wouldn't know. I turned it off b/c I was getting very tired of hearing the "F" word repeated over and over. Not to mention it was painfully boring. I should know by now that if it takes me over a week to watch a movie that I've rented here, it's probably a bad sign.

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SunnySanMateo
Jul 13, 2018

Reality at it's best - Young love, lost love, and acceptance. Emotional, touching, thought provoking. Marriage at one of many interesting pinnacles........Movie is cleverly put together, flashbacks, side by side in time.

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Nooksack20
Aug 21, 2017

Sorry, but IMO the juice isn't worth the squeeze....

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FootBalm
Dec 07, 2016

Best performance in their respective careers. It's a very bittersweet movie.

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publicenemy48
Dec 04, 2015

just an average movie very cute couple relationship story I enjoy it.

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paeng63
Apr 15, 2015

Blue Valentine gives an honest portrayal of relationships. This movie goes against the common procedure of most romance movies. Great performances by Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams, great directing, and a really good score by Grizzly Bear.

NatMarAma Mar 05, 2015

Well done and incredibly depressing.

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Nursebob
Dec 13, 2014

Dean and Cindy’s marriage is in trouble. What communication they share consists mainly of repetitive arguments and hurtful accusations; even an overnight stay at a tackily appointed “love hotel” meant to provide some quality alone time winds up being just another alcohol-fueled evening of angry resentments. This then is not the story of good beginnings gone sour, but rather a marriage which never had a chance in the first place. Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams are wonderful together. Their largely improvised dialogue is completely convincing as banal smalltalk and heated quarrels hint at deeper psychological scars which neither partner is emotionally equipped to deal with constructively. Director Derek Cianfrance keeps the mood low-keyed with muted colours and overcast skies while his relentless camera records love’s final death throes. To his credit he steadfastly avoids any clichéd Hollywood cop-outs presenting us instead with a sad little non-ending and a few visual cues as the final credits roll. Some may see this as a lolling drama going nowhere and featuring unbelievable characters (med student marries loser?) While I can’t say they’re completely wrong, I chose to view Blue Valentine as a piercing character study of two damaged and desperate people making a string of bad decisions. There may be something of the “experimental” in Cianfrance’s work, some scenes definitely have an aura of affectation to them, but Gosling and Williams’ naturalistic performances go a long way in smoothing out the film’s few rough edges.

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re_discover
Sep 18, 2011

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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Read_at_MarkhamPL
Jul 05, 2011

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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Dieu_D Jan 21, 2015

Dean: In my experience, the prettier a girl is, the more nuts she is, which makes you insane.

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jimg2000
Oct 24, 2014

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Dean: Look, I didn't want to be somebody's husband and I didn't want to be somebody's dad. That wasn't my... goal in life. For some guys it is - wasn't mine. But somehow, I've... it was what I wanted. I didn't know that and it's all I wanna do. I don't want to do anything else. That's all I want to do. I work so I can do that.

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