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Motorcycle rider Luke makes a fateful decision to commit a crime to support his child. The incident renders him targeted by policeman Avery and the two men become locked on a tense collision course which will have a devastating impact on both of their families in the years following.
Drama - This is a dark and violent drama aimed at adult audiences. Ryan
Gosling fans may be a little disappointed that he does not have as
much screen time as his billing suggests. Bradley Cooper fans should
enjoy this serious dramatic turn. Language, violence, and adult
subject matter make the film not for children.
PROFANITY: Over 30 F-words; 21 S-words; a few others. SEX/NUDITY: Fleeting non-sexual semi-nudity. VIOLENCE: Shootings and fights with blood. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, including by teens. ACTION: A couple of chases. COMEDY: Some baby humor.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Good The first two segments of The Place Beyond the Pines are dramatically compelling and narratively unpredictable.
Roger EbertFull Review Below Average The creators of 'The Place Beyond the Pines' try to hyper-realistically replicate the disharmony and pathos of real life, but wind up making a flat, jumbled drama that's sadly less than the sum of its many disjunctive parts.
USA TodayFull Review Very Good The compelling father-and-son stories feature great acting and photography.
NY PostFull Review Very Good Though the film doesn't push any one theme too heavily, it makes time for surprisingly heartfelt moments of moral reflection.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
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Based on a theater exit polling of 42 moviegoers:
TEENS:The one male rated it average. The one female rated it above average, which indicates a movie she enjoyed very much.
TWENTYSOMETHINGS:Great reviews from the three males. Two loved it and one rated it above average. One of the three females loved "The Place Beyond the Pines." The other two enjoyed it very much, rating it above average.
ADULTS:These are very disappointing reviews from both the males and females. Only a very small percentage loved it. Another small percentage rated it above average. About half only rated it average with another significant percentage rating it "Poor," which is a very rare review which indicates a movie many found very disappointing.
Luke (Academy Award nominee Ryan Gosling) is a high-wire motorcycle stunt performer who travels with the carnival from town to town. While passing through Schenectady in upstate New York, he tries to reconnect with a former lover, Romina (Eva Mendes), only to learn that she has given birth to their son Jason in his absence. Luke decides to give up life on the road to try and provide for his newfound family by taking a job as a car mechanic. Noticing Luke's ambition and talents, his employer Robin (Ben Mendelsohn) proposes to partner with Luke in a string of spectacular bank robberies -- which will place Luke on the radar of ambitious rookie cop Avery Cross (Academy Award nominee Bradley Cooper).
Avery, who has to navigate a local police department ruled by the menacing and corrupt detective Deluca (Ray Liotta), is also struggling to balance his professional life with his family life, which includes his wife Jennifer (Rose Byrne) and their infant son AJ. The consequences of Avery's confrontation with Luke will reverberate into the next generation. It is then that the two sons, Jason (Dane DeHaan) and AJ (Emory Cohen), must face their fateful, shared legacy.