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A mysterious and mythical motorcycle racer, Luke, (Ryan Gosling) drives out of a traveling carnival globe of death and whizzes through the backstreets of Schenectady, New York, desperately trying to connect with a former lover, Romina, (Eva Mendes) who recently and secretly gave birth to the stunt rider’s son. In an attempt to provide for his new family, Luke quits the carnival life and commits a series of bank robberies aided by his superior riding ability.









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Release date: Mar 29, 2013
MPAA rating: Rated R for language throughout, some violence, teen drug and alcohol use, and a sexual reference
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Runtime: 140 min
Movie Reviews:
  • 100
    The Playlist - by Kevin Jagernauth
    A brilliant, towering picture, The Place Beyond The Pines is a cinematic accomplishment of extraordinary grace and insight. more

  • 91
    Tampa Bay Times - by Steve Persall
    It's a story languorously told in three chapters, the first two in the late 1980s and the third 15 years later. Each could be a movie unto themselves. Together they prove Cianfrance to be an effectively unobtrusive storyteller, crafting without artifice what book critics would call a page turner. more

  • 91
    indieWIRE - by Eric Kohn
    That the movie succeeds both as a high-stakes crime thriller as well as a far quieter and empathetic study of angry, solitary men proves that Cianfrance has a penchant for bold storytelling and an eye for performances to carry it through. more

  • 89
    Austin Chronicle - by Leah Churner
    The film is so velvety textured and dreamy, I would’ve stuck around for more. That is Cianfrance’s special talent. more

  • 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. more

  • 88
    Chicago Tribune - by Michael Phillips
    It is a better, more fully felt and moving picture than "Blue Valentine." more

  • 88
    USA Today - by Claudia Puig
    A riveting crime thriller, it's also a multi-generational familial saga that approaches Greek tragedy. more

  • 88
    New York Post - by Kyle Smith
    Don't let the quiet, indie stylings of The Place Beyond the Pines fool you. This is a big movie with a lot on its mind. Slowly, it unfolds into a kind of epic. more

  • 83
    Portland Oregonian - by Marc Mohan
    Cianfrance is the real deal, and anyone who can persuade talented Hollywood stars to enact nonironic, intelligent, ambitious drama should be encouraged, especially when the result is something like this. more

  • 80
    Empire - by Olly Richards
    In trying to tell an enormous amount of story it can spread itself too thin and leave some strands feeling unfinished, but when it’s at its best, this is beautiful and bold filmmaking. more

  • 80
    Total Film - by Jamie Graham
    Gosling and Cooper use their star currency to power a slow-burn, heartsick drama. "Blue Valentine" director Cianfrance is a serious talent. more

  • 75
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch - by Calvin Wilson
    The acting is first-rate. Gosling masterfully fills in Luke’s motivational blanks, and Cooper nicely handles Avery’s evolution from idealist to manipulator. more

  • 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 script he wrote with Ben Coccio and Darius Marder, takes you on a hell of a ride. more

  • 75
    ReelViews - by James Berardinelli
    The characters are interesting and capture our sympathy and, although there are things to criticize about the final forty-five minutes, it brings the saga to a conclusion. There's a lot to like about The Place Beyond the Pines even if it isn't the feel-good movie of the spring. more

  • 75
    The A.V. Club - by Nathan Rabin
    Few actors are as riveting doing absolutely nothing, and The Place Beyond The Pines perfectly typecasts Gosling as a noir staple: the decent but rudderless drifter driven to violent and desperate action. more

  • 75 - by Laremy Legel
    There is true beauty in the despair that pervades The Place Beyond the Pines, a film plotted out in triptych, a treatise on the moral compromises we all make to protect and provide for our loved ones. more

  • 70
    Arizona Republic - by Bill Goodykoontz
    The risk of telling three distinct-but-related stories is that all may not be of equal quality. That’s the case here, as the movie starts strong but gets progressively weaker, particularly in the third act. ...

  • 70
    Time - by Mary Pols
    The Place Beyond the Pines can’t be said to be anyone’s movie but Cianfrance’s. Structured as a triptych, the movie is novelistic, earnest and somewhat exhausting — an ambitious effort that tries to be many things. And it is definitely something: a sprawling, engaging study in fathers, sons and sins. more

  • 70
    Los Angeles Times - by Betsy Sharkey
    The movie is intimate in its telling, sweeping in its issues and stumbles only occasionally. more

  • 70
    Slate - by Dana Stevens
    The movie’s soulful self-seriousness, like that of its liquid-eyed hero, can occasionally slip into self-parody. But this movie confirms my "Blue Valentine"-based suspicion that the 38-year-old Cianfrance is one to watch. He’s capable of coaxing tremendous moments from actors, he knows how to move a camera, and as this over-laden but never boring movie shows, he’s willing to operate from a place of risk. more

  • 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. more

  • 70
    The New York Times - by A.O. Scott
    The three-part story, spread over nearly two and a half hours, represents a triumph of sympathetic imagination and a failure of narrative economy. But if, in the end, the film can’t quite sustain its epic vision, it does, along the way, achieve the density and momentum of a good novel. ...

  • 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 is uneven and perhaps overly ambitious, the director displays a cool mastery of atmospherics and tone. more

  • 63
    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) - by Rick Groen
    Once again, Cianfrance handles the individual scenes with menacing aplomb but, once again, the whole is much less than the sum of its parts. more

  • 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 a bank-robber movie, too, as well as a drama about the pressures teenagers face from parents and peers. You can feel Cianfrance biting off more and more until his mouth is too full to chew. more

  • 60 - by Andrew O'Hehir
    I never stopped being interested in The Place Beyond the Pines, and never stopped rooting for Cianfrance to make the hubristic ambition of his immense tripartite scheme pay off, even as it evidently falls apart. more

  • 60
    Village Voice - by Scott Foundas
    The Place Beyond the Pines is a much bigger canvas, and scene by scene it can be riveting...But the disparate pieces never quite jell; the movie is all trees and no forest. more

  • 60
    Time Out New York - by Joshua Rothkopf
    Yet after the actorcentric fireworks of Cianfrance’s "Blue Valentine" (2010), it’s impressive to see him going after a wider sociopolitical scope, one that would have been better served by a less repetitive structure. more

  • 60
    The Guardian - by Henry Barnes
    The Place Beyond the Pines is ambitious and epic, perhaps to a fault. more

  • 50
    Miami Herald - by Rene Rodriguez
    While the scope of the movie is bigger, its impact is smaller. "Blue Valentine" was a precise, heartrending portrait of a marriage coming apart at the seams. The theme of his new movie is a lot harder to discern. more

  • 50
    NPR - by Mark Jenkins
    Too much of this seething drama is devoted not to characterization but to posturing. more

  • 50
    Entertainment Weekly - by Chris Nashawaty
    It's a slow-burner that burns so slowly its wick completely fizzles out. more

  • 50
    Movie Nation - by Roger Moore
    Unwieldy, overlong and overly reliant on melodramatic coincidences, A Place in the Pines is still better than it has any right to be, thanks to its cast. more

  • 50
    The New Yorker - by David Denby
    Cool, violent, a cigarette dangling from his mouth, Gosling reprises his inexorable-loner routine from “Drive.” Cianfrance and the screenwriters Ben Coccio and Darius Marder wrote thirty-seven drafts of the script, but gave him almost nothing to say. He rides, he smokes, he knocks over banks, he loves his baby, and that’s it. more

  • 50
    New York Magazine (Vulture) - by David Edelstein
    The segments are essentially monodramas, so sketchily written that the big moments feel less like recognizable human behavior than recognizable screenwriter overreaching. more

  • 50
    Variety - by Peter Debruge
    Two half-stories about fathers and sons on opposite sides of the law do not a full movie make in The Place Beyond the Pines, the overlong and under-conceived reunion between “Blue Valentine” director Derek Cianfrance and lookalike star Ryan Gosling. ...

  • 50
    Slant Magazine - by
    The film never reaches a climax because it's always in one, distilling the lives of its characters to their tensest moments. more

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User Comments & Reviews

  1. Amatuni

    No wonder some actors got nominated for this. It was a well made movie and I really enjoyed it :) Not really something I would watch over on my own but definitely recommend for at least once.

  2. YouCanRead

    Saw this erlier at the theater, really liked it. Good drama and great acting all round.

  3. pinkgirlx3

    I actually just heard about this movie for the first time today and then I went to see it. haha I’m not really a fan of Bradley and Ryan but I still thought it was a pretty great movie. I usually like movies that are long but I have no idea why this needed to be as long as it was. But in general I thought it turned out pretty well. Even though it’s not a comedy, it still had a few lines here and there that some of us in the theater laughed at, which always helps make it more enjoyable. :]


    The Gosling and Cooper fans are going to love this for the simple fact that they love anything these two are in. And although they both deliver individually well in this film, the writing and continuity made this movie less than what it could have been. IMHO 6/10

  5. ThePolarOpposite

    Not a real fan of Gosling or Cooper, but both of them need to win at least something for their performances. This story is great, albeit the structure is very different from how movies are usually structured, so it’ll probably take a while to get to used to it fully. Performances, cinematography, story, scenery, all are 8/10-10/10. Best movie I’ve seen all year. 9.5/10