Michael’s review published on Letterboxd:
Falling in love is bliss. A certain feeling that's so hard to put into words but makes you feel special inside. And it’s that exact difficulty that makes Blue Valentine so impressive, demonstrating that effervescent feeling of love so effectively and then cruelly stomps it out right in front of you.
This is the type of movie that makes you absolutely petrified of being in a relationship, filling your mind with negative thoughts that I’m not sure anyone should ever feel. The ticking emotional time-bomb that the movie proudly displays had me in complete anticipation yet the fallout isn’t quite the bombastic shouting match that you’d expect. Instead, it's a heart-rending back and forth at their lowest and highest that I don’t think I’ll ever forget (the song used here is incredibly effective, matches Visions of Gideon from CMBYN). Easily one of my “favorite” endings in a sad movie in a while.
If it wasn’t for the stellar acting or the writing and editing (those edits and transitions), I would probably hate this movie. I hate the way it makes me feel and the things it makes me think of and part of me still does, but it’s a begrudging type of hate that makes me respect how well this movie did me in with the sad realities of some relationships in life.