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  The Place Beyond the Pines

Academy Award® nominees Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper star with Eva Mendes and Ray Liotta in this epic, riveting crime drama about the unbreakable bond between fathers and sons.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 16
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
4 out of 5
5 out of 5
Positive messages
1 out of 5
Positive role models
1 out of 5
2 out of 5
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2 out of 5

Melancholy, mature drama explores father-son themes.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Place Beyond the Pines is a powerful but bleak drama about what happens when a man discovers that he has fathered a child with a fling he can't forget and tries to make it right, thereby unleashing a series of wrongs. It's violent (for example, a character is shot dead, the camera lingering on his bloody, broken body; other scenes also involve guns, a beating, and more), fairly bleak, and quite difficult to watch at times. Expect very strong, frequent swearing ("s--t," "f--k," and more); drinking, pill-popping, and pot smoking among teens (plus adults drinking and smoking), and moments of heightened menace that will be too intense for younger viewers.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about how teens are portrayed in The Place Beyond the Pines. Are the drug and weapon use realistic? What would the real-life consequences be?
  • What do you think of the movie's violence? Is all of it necessary for the story that it's trying to tell?
  • Why do you think Luke does what he does? Does it come from a place of good intentions? What about Avery and both Luke's and Avery's kids?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: As the sum of some admittedly imperfect parts, "The Place Beyond the Pines" still manages to cast its own haunting, sorrowful spell.

- Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, Friday, April 5, 2013

Fresh: The movie is intimate in its telling, sweeping in its issues and stumbles only occasionally.

- Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times, Friday, March 29, 2013

Fresh: Fine, fine, it's an epic. Now let us up for air, please.

- Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic, Thursday, April 4, 2013

Audience Reviews

3 stars

A trick motorcycle rider's decision to rob a bank to try to support his illegitimate child leads to consequences that echo through generations. It's the story of three different men; each tale is well-acted and dramatic, but after a while you might start to wonder why this is one movie rather than three.

- 366weirdmovies, Thursday, May 16, 2013

5 stars

A riveting, intense look at parenting and providing for one's family concerning a motorcycle stunt rider (Ryan Gosling) and how he turns to robbing banks to provide for his one-year old son, the cop (Bradley Cooper) who becomes entangled in tracking him down while struggling with police corruption in his facility, and how the two's paths cross in multiple ways. Yet another gem of a film from Derek Cianfrance ("Blue Valentine"), a movie that leaves you with a lot to chew on and talk about, all while providing ample character development and shocking twists and turns in the story. The way it hooks and connects multiple characters is really impressive, all while maintaining a sense of realism despite all the madness. Perhaps the finest hour for Gosling, who is dynamite, and the cast all-around is just excellent (especially little-known actor Ben Mendelsohn as Gosling's wingman in crime). But most importantly, it is a movie that has a lot of good lessons to teach about good people making bad decisions that ultimately end up costing them more than what they could possibly fathom. A masterpiece.

- fb619846742, Saturday, May 11, 2013

4 stars

A difficult to comprehend third act (characters do things that make absolutely no sense) hinders this otherwise masterful effort.

- fb100001581602053, Wednesday, May 8, 2013