In aiming so high, “The Place Beyond The Pines” lands as an admirable but definite disappointment, especially considering the caliber of cast and crew involved. Its high points make it worth a watch, but its structure – while memorable – is too unwieldy and used too cavalierly to drive home its weighty themes. I suspect the film will be mostly forgotten come awards season, but it shouldn’t be discarded for a lack of trying. It could have been monumental, but mere respectability isn’t the worst ground to tread. Better to tread middle ground than water.
Rating: ★★★ out of ★★★★★ (OK)
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