Most Critics Sweet on Devastating Blue Valentine

Ryan Gosling, Michelle Williams wow, but not everyone's convinced

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 31, 2010 11:30 AM CST

(Newser) – Some critics are raving over Blue Valentine, a harrowing tale in which Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams play a couple ripping apart at the seams. But not everyone is impressed with the film (whose infamous oral sex scene has gotten plenty of press).

  • “This wrenching story of a marriage that rides a roller coaster for six tumultuous years is not to be missed,” writes Peter Travers in Rolling Stone. “Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams give two of the most explosive and emotionally naked performances you will see anywhere.”
  • "This is the kind of movie about marriage Americans don't usually make," writes Dana Stevens for Slate. "Although the violence is almost entirely emotional, you walk out as devastated as if you'd seen a war picture."

  • Joe Neumaier, writing in the New York Daily News, calls the film “a work so beautifully acted and emotionally honest it is my choice for best movie of the year.”
  • But AO Scott isn’t so sure. The key characters “remain, for all their sustained agony and flickering joy, something less than completely realized human beings,” he writes in the New York Times.

In this publicity image released by The Weinstein Company, Michelle Williams, left, and Ryan Gosling are shown in a scene from, "Blue Valentine."   (AP Photo/The Weinstein Company)
In this publicity image released by The Weinstein Company, Michelle Williams is shown in a scene from, "Blue Valentine."   (AP Photo/The Weinstein Company, Davi Russo)
In this publicity image released by The Weinstein Company, Ryan Gosling is shown in a scene from, "Blue Valentine."   (AP Photo/The Weinstein Company, Davi Russo)
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