- Rated: R
- Run Time: 1 hours, 52 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: May 10, 2011
- Originally Released: 2010
- Label: Alliance
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Box Office - 01/28/2010
3 stars out of 5 -- "Like a Cassavetes movie, BLUE VALENTINE doesn't so much present a plot as riff inventively around an emotional predicament."
Entertainment Weekly - 02/12/2010
"[A] lushly heart-wrenching and beautifully told tale....There are real demons in BLUE VALENTINE..."
Film Comment - 11/01/2010
"[The film] alternates between scenes of the couple's glorious beginnings and bitter end, while employing a visual style that corresponds to the mood..."
Rolling Stone - 12/29/2010
3.5 stars out of 4 -- "[N]ot to be missed. Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams give two of the most explosive and emotionally naked performances you will see anywhere."
USA Today - 12/31/2010
Included in USA Today's "10 Best Films Of 2010" -- "A heartbreaking work of staggering poignancy..."
USA Today - 12/29/2010
4 stars out of 4 -- "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."
Los Angeles Times - 12/29/2010
"[The film gives] Gosling and Williams both the motive and the means to create something extraordinary, a valentine that actually says something true about being in love."
Wall Street Journal - 12/24/2010
"The heartbreaking brilliance of this film, which the director wrote with Joey Curtis and Cami Delavigne, lies in its contradictions."
A.V. Club - 12/28/2010
"BLUE VALENTINE's fearless candor and extreme emotional intensity should be a source of pride for everyone involved in this remarkable, utterly wrenching film." -- Grade: A
New York Times - 12/28/2010
"Ms. Williams is, as ever, heartbreakingly precise in every scene..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 01/05/2010
3.5 stars out of 4 -- "Derek Cianfrance, the film's writer and director, observes with great exactitude the birth and decay of a relationship. The film is alive in its details."
Hollywood Reporter - 12/25/2010
"[T]he performances are fleshed out and telling. Gosling layers his character's charm with an eruptive and credible anger."
Washington Post - 01/07/2011
3 stars out of 4 -- "The results can be almost unbearably harrowing but also deeply cathartic, as viewers create their own meanings within Dean and Cindy's singular downward spiral."
Empire - 01/07/2010
4 stars out of 5 -- "You won't see a more honest movie in 2011 -- and that's a promise."
Total Film - 12/31/2010
4 stars out of 5 -- "You might feel like averting your gaze at times, but don't -- performances this penetrating are a sight to see."
Sight and Sound - 02/01/2011
"[T]he film is firstly an actor's piece -- a two-hander between Williams and Gosling, who both deliver truthful, committed performances, explored through improvised dialogue and action."