I do not understand all the fuss and great critical reviews this movie received on release. I found it boring, over-long and no real plot - it's just another ordinary relationship that eventually ends like the majority. The improvisational style did nothing to enhance any sense of drama. I found the constant to-and-fro between past and present actually detracted from any emotional impact this film might have had. Ryan Gosling is not very credible as a janitor's son who didn't finish high school, and the over-use of repetitive dialogue made his character annoying. Michelle Williams is good, but a tad simpering. I really didn't care about their relationship, or their characters, which made watching the movie pretty pointless.The kid is great.
Pretty depressing & uneventful. No idea why it's highly rated.
Wasn't quite the love story I was expecting. I enjoyed it though. The acting was great but the characters were a little hard to like.
Great Actors and acting, this movie lacks something it just did not do anything for us.
Brilliant. An extremely powerful film.
Laugh out loud romantic comedy. Very Enjoyable.
one can loose the plot easily in this movie,acting well thtas the wrong word
I wasnt expecting much after reading the reviews but I actually didnt mind this movie. Yes it doesnt have a happy ending and is a little bit dark but it is also reality that all marriages dont last forever, Its actually refreshing to see a movie that is believable and not all about the fairytale ending.
Very well acted but oh so drawn out.
Depressing movie. Shows what happens to alot of love stories - no happy ever after!
I was waiting for something to happen and then it ended! A little strange!
This Movie was very average. Did not enjoy it.
I'm surprised by some of the other reviews for this movie. It is definitely a hard hitting dramatic storyline but it's truthful and shows how hard a marriage break up can really be. Maybe too many viewers are accustomed to the Hollywood fairytale love stories we get served up to us on a way too regular basis where everything is solved and perfect at the end of the 90 minute movie. This isnt the case with this film and I think that anyone who has been through a marriage or relationship breakup will understand and relate to this movie.
The acting was fantastic, the characters were believable and I recommend that everyone watch the 'Making Of' section on the disc as it explains the way that they shot this film, it was very interesting.
Gave it half an hour then decided life was too short to watch such rubbish.
This was a very touching and realistic journey through a young couple's relationship. As usual Michelle Williams shows she is one of the most accomplished actors of her generation - she's superb in this, as is Ryan Gosling. I note some of the other reviewers have been bothered by the fact that there's no specific reason given for the breakdown of the relationship. Not me. I don't like to be given all the answers - I prefer to have a bit of room for coming up with my own theories. The soundtrack is wonderful. This film will make you remember how it felt when you first fell in love, and perhaps also the distress of falling out of love. Moving stuff.
2 A romantic drama that could have been much better.Gosling & Williams are excellent as usual. Story about a dysfunctional marriage breaking down, a woman trapped in marriage & and a man's temper. Involves flashbacks to better times.Excellent build up but I found the ending lacked impact and left you wondering. Overall a reasonable night's entertainment.
Bit slow and disfunctional.
good movie. not what i thought it was going to be though. very intense. do not watch if you want a happy movie.
not a great movie! long and drawn out, expected more - but Ryan Gosling is Great!!!
This film should have been r rated lol. Gosling is always a great actor but the ending of the film was disappointing and Williams was very good also.
I was dissappointed with the ending. Was expecting more from the cast
Michelle and Ryan are such fine actors
It was good in parts but it was pretty slow and drawn out so was disappointing!
Beautiful written and filmed movie leaves me thinking about it the next day
This is a difficult movie to recommend even though the acting is excellent and the drama is rivetting. Quite simply, it is a depressing yet mesmerising insight into the downward spiral of a marriage that, at the end, is loveless, dangerous and appalling. The flashbacks to the couple's youth and how they came together somewhat lightens the mood, thankfully, but as the movie progressed, I just became more and more puzzled. For me, there was a large part of the jigsaw missing and my husband felt the same way. What event/s triggered Cindy's unfathomable hatred of Dean towards the end of their marriage? He seemed like a decent, caring guy who had taken on another man's child and excelled as a loving father. Just why did she hate him SO much? I really disliked Cindy by the end of the film and felt really sorry for Dean (and how could she possibly reject gorgeous Ryan Gosling, who incidentally was made-up to look not quite so gorgeous!). The ending was incredibly abrupt, but it sure left you thinking. For me, too much was left unexplained, to make this a satisfying film. Even Michelle Williams said so herself in the Extras interview. Then again, maybe Cindy just fell out of love with Dean - that I can understand, but to fall out of love with such hatred for no apparent reason?
An emotionally gripping and well acted film that is likely to be synonymous with many real relationships. Due to this it is not easy to watch and not highly entertaining from that point of view.
I just didn't get this movie, really. It was pretty drawn out.
It is such a pity that we fall in love without investigating the goods first. But that would not be love. Then comes the hurt. Great movie that shows how expectations are never fulfilled nto the expectations.
I was a bit disappointed with this predictable movie from two great actors who I thought would deliver a lot more. Very drawn out - luckily it had great soundtracks, bit of a saving grace.
aweful!! boring!! waste of my time!!!
Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams were great, but the movie was a bit frustrating. In the past they were happy and now they're well, not, and you sort of have to fill in the gaps yourself. Maybe I missed something.
I want that two hours of my life back! Was like watching a train wreck hoping someone was going to save the day but it just never happened.
I usually love films with Ryan Gosling, but this was painful to watch.
The underlying story was actually a good one, but far out, it was long, slow and so drawn out.
Almost turned it off!
difficult to watch, but two good performances
What a real and raw emotional movie.. It really touches you,on so many levels.
Michelle and Ryan are awesome...
Lead pair are great telling a tale of love ending
A smart young woman who wants to be a doctor falls for a bit of a no hoper, gets pregnant and ponders what went wrong with her life. A sort of kitchen sink drama American style with top notch performances from the leads. If you believe love transcends everything you may overlook the mismatch and focus on the beautiful tragedy of it all. 3.5 stars
The extras where the cast is talking about the movie was interesting and how Michelle Williams was frustrated with the story line as the movie shows relationships changing but doesnt give specific events for why they change. I thought the acting was excellent and altho i didnt feel satisfied with the story's ending, I really enjoyed the drama and the characters.
Movie that went no where and took an hour and a half to get there.
Good movie and I love Ryan Gosling
the reviews miss the point...yes it is slow ...it is life ..it perfectly (and painfully) represents 2 people falling out of love ..it is tragic, sad with moments of sheer bliss when the couple are falling in love. this is one of the better movies of the last year with a blistering soundtrack...
Lately I've watched 2 movies with Ryan Gosling in them. I didn't like either of his characters. I didn't know anything about him until now, maybe I'll watch one more, if there is one, after that I might steer clear of his movies. The older I get the fussier I am.
very slow movie.. was waiting for something more intense eventually.. but nothing and i thought it had a weird ending..
very weird movie stupid ending and not worth the time.
A quirky and thought-provoking movie about an intense and unusual relationship. Good acting, interesting cinematography and an unconventional storyline make for a refreshing break from the stock standard romantic movies usually available.
Real life, real situations, real dialogue (as opposed to scripted hollywood crap)
Was slow, but i wasnt intended to be actionpacked or rushed through, it was meant to offer insentive for thought and emotion.
MY husband and I really enjoyed this one, a change to average, predictable movies.
Very confronting, but hey thats life, a bit slow, well worth the watch
Have to say I was very disappointed with this predictable movie from actors I consider very good.
Definately a movie I could relate to but for females only I would say. My husband hated it, I wonder why!
A slice of the realities of married life. Ryan Gosling and Michelle were awesome in bringing the characters to life.
Brilliant, real, emotional, wondrous. A true look at the hurts and barriers that break down love.
Scarily realistic of a relationship -great movie, great acting
3 1/2 stars, enjoyed it more than I thought I would. Ryan and Michelle brilliant as always. Very true to life
Total reality check on marriage and making decisions in life! They are a great duo onscreen and it was a touching story. Certainly not a laugh-a-minute, or even at all, but it certainly made you reflect.
An outstanding, real and - most importantly - superbly delivered portrayal by Williams and Gosling. I heard they had to live with each other four months prior to filming and you can tell, it really does show. This movie will capture your heart and then trod on it, breaking it into a million pieces. Queue this immediately!
The film centers on a contemporary married couple, charting their evolution over a span of years by cross-cutting between time periods. Great acting by the leads. A lot of people will identify with this film
not as interesting as l had hoped
ah look, I do understand the labels here of this being a bit long winded and stretched out... but I have to say I did enjoy it, it wasn't quite what I had expected, but that's not a bad thing.... not a chick flick, or an uplifting movie, but none the less, I would recommend watching it, but probably only once!
What a depressing, boring film. I watched this in fast forward stopping occasionally in-between surfing anything else on TV. I expected much more from these 2 actors. Don't waste your time.
I must be missing something since everyone raves about this. Found it fairly depressing and really, great acting aside, it's all been done before.
I thought this was a great movie. It wasn't light or uplifting, but rather depressing and sad much of the time. However, I found it realistic and thought- provoking, and enjoyed weaving together of past and present. Great performances from Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams as well.
I can see why some people did not like this movie,,, but for me it is a heart wrenching tale of love that gets lost... even when you are grasping at it to hold on to it, but you know its just not going to work.
Anyone who's parents have been through a divorce should watch this movie as I feel it gives a realistic display of why some relationships fail... even when it is not really anyones fault... unfortunatley some things just don't last.
not worth the watch. is slow and tedious.
I love these actors but it was depressing and slow. It doesnt get better and left me feeling sad.
Bit of an odd storyline, not as enjoyable as I thought it would be.
A dark and emotional story. Definitely not something for a cheery night in front of the TV! Great acting and overall done very well, just not a happy film.
Loved it. Portrayal of everday relationship over time, could be any marraige. Cleverly told piecing together past and present. Sad yet a great potrayal of a common situation in our society today.
Can see two sides to the movie. Incredibly realistic film with excellent performances. However did I enjoy it? Not at all.
Strange movie ...unexpected ending
I just didn't get it!! The story dawdled and went no-where for me,
This movie has nothing worth watching. Camera angle is worse than home video. It is hard to finish the movie right from the beginning.
can't believe i wasted my time and money watching this.boring movie that went nowhere.was expecting an intense love story and instead got a story on a married couple out of love and their day to day drag along life .like watcjing paint dry
would not recommend.......
Loved it. It felt very real & touched me deeply. The actors "went there" to the darkest of moments. Such connection/disconnection between them. Because the Director took time (up to 6 years) with the Actors ''co-writing'' to make this relationship ''marinate'' you feel like you are not sure where the acting begins & real life ends.
Very slow, almost to the point of boring me to tears. I knew what the movie was about before watching it, but just expected it to be better - not as slow, more enticing.
Started off Very confusing, If I hadnt already known what the movie was about I would have been lost with the jumping timelines. Was an okay movie .. Didnt really seem to have a middle though, just a beginning and an end. Wouldnt watch again.
More confusing than enjoyable. Many of the events and peripheral characters are never explained or developed and that leaves huge gaps in following the story. Not helped by sudden transitions. At first it seems she's having an affair - or may two or three - but that's misleading.
Absolutely one of the best films I've seen in a long while. Whilst the subject matter may hit a bit too close to home for some. The performances are perfection. So realistic is the story, that my recently divorced friend could relate down to specific dialog. Not a happy film, not a date movie, but a great movie about a normally glossed over part of life. Not nearly as in your face as some would have you believe.