Reid Hardison’s review published on Letterboxd:
Derek Cianfrance has a specific way of capturing the moment that is so commonly lost in cinema. Movies feel so scripted these days. Rarely do directors use fiction as a window to reality. The film is beautifully imperfect in too many ways to count.
I can see where some may find it (get ready for everybody's favorite word) pretentious, but I find it to be the opposite. It strikes me as a completely sincere look at the generational flow of consequences. The film asks questions of how to stray away from the sins of a father. The film also never answers that question, respecting the audience enough to think on their own.
What I see in The Place Beyond the Pines is a near landmark film, that suffers from a few inconsistencies in it's pacing. It asks real, challenging questions, and it does so through one of the most innovative narrative structures of contemporary filmmaking.