Picks and Pans Review: Blue Car

UPDATED 05/19/2003 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 05/19/2003 at 01:00 AM EDT

Agnes Bruckner, David Strathairn, Margaret Colin
Critic's Choice


This delicate drama is heartbreakingly perfect in story, tone and performance. First-time director-writer Karen Moncrieff follows Meg, a sensitive 18-year-old who's torn up over her parent's breakup. In Blue Car, she misses her absent dad (the title is based on a poem Meg writes about seeing him drive off); resents her hardworking, preoccupied mom (Colin); and reaches out for support to a sympathetic teacher (Strathairn). Bruckner is a find, full of pent-up hurt and sexuality, while that redoubtable duo, Strathairn and Colin, valuably contribute multihued portrayals of adults grappling with problems of their own. (R)

BOTTOM LINE: A moving ride

Your Reaction

Follow Us

On Newsstands Now

Robin Roberts: How Loved Saved Me
  • Robin Roberts: How Loved Saved Me
  • Emma and Andrew: All About Hollywood's Cutest Couple
  • Prince George! More Yummy Photos

Pick up your copy on newsstands

Click here for instant access to the Digital Magazine


From Our Partners

Watch It

Editors' Picks

From Our Partners

Sign up for our daily newsletter and other special offers.
    Choose your newsletters
Thank you for signing up! Your request may take up to one week to be processed.
    see all newsletters