Blue Bayou

critic Reviews

, 75% Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • Blue Bayou can be indelicate in its attempts to tug the heartstrings, but solid acting and a genuinely affecting story make this drama difficult to ignore.
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    tt stern-enziWXIX-TV (Cincinnati, OH)
    I sincerely hope that this is a film that we're talking about during awards season.
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    Sheila O'MalleyRogerEbert.com
    Vikander has never been better, and Chon is open and present, particularly so in the scenes with Kowalske.
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    Jenny NulfAustin Chronicle
    Chon's ambitions are astonishing, but his bloated script needed an edit or two. It's a film written with big moments for big performances in mind, which is too painfully obvious as the film treads on.
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    Adam GrahamDetroit News
    The well-intentioned but emotionally overwrought "Blue Bayou" takes an underexplored issue - the deportation of immigrant adoptees - and lays the melodrama on so thick that it's suffocating to the senses.
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    Cliff LeeGlobe and Mail
    The high points are devastating and show off Chon's empathetic storytelling. But at its ebb, the film tries to do too much at once, spilling every which way.
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    Randy MyersSan Jose Mercury News
    It's a lovely and heartrending piece of filmmaking.
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    Ciara WardlowPajiba
    Buried in this mixed bag is a great film here buckling under the weight of too many fix-ins, and it's a real shame.
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    Jackie K. Cooperjackiekcooper.com
    Alicia Vikander is worth watching in anything but here she has a movie worthy of her talent.
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    Wendy ShreveFeaturing Film
    Mesmerizing cinematography ... grabs the eye from the beginning.
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    Jesse HassengerSportsAlcohol
    Chon, shooting on 16mm, gives the movie a vibrant, immediate look, but so much of what it's showing us feels acted, with scenes engineered to repeatedly reach boiling points, over and over.
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