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Lance Edmands

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About the Movie

In the northern reaches of Maine, a local school bus driver becomes distracted during her end-of-day inspection, and fails to notice a sleeping boy in the back of the bus. What happens next shatters the tranquility of her small logging town, proving that even the slightest actions have enormous consequences.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 29
  • Fresh: 23
  • Rotten: 6
  • Average Rating: 6.6/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: On one level, "Bluebird" is a bitter slice of life about hardy, stoic New Englanders battling the elements and a crumbling regional economy. On another, it's a poetic meditation on the human struggle to make sense of a cruel and indifferent universe. – Stephen Holden, New York Times, Feb 26, 2015

Fresh: Lance Edmands' fragile, arthouse-bound debut stands in direct contrast with its weary, working-class characters and the subzero Maine winter against which their story unfolds -- a mournful throwback to more poetically inclined times. – Peter Debruge, Variety, Jun 25, 2014

Fresh: Despite threatening to overload on melancholia, the modest film maintains emotional integrity through to its final note of hope. – David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter, Jun 25, 2014

Rotten: What a shame that the first film to star venerable stage actress Amy Morton is this terminally arty drama. – Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader, Feb 26, 2015

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Customer Reviews

Beautiful and moving

Watched this the other night and was completely blown away. The drama feels so authentic and never pushed, which I find is often not the case with many independent films. It's also shot so beautifully, thats it difficult to ever take your eyes away from the screen. I highly recommend Bluebird.

Exquisite Pain

Unbelievably painful to watch, impossible to trun away. Nobody's acting, they just "are." Wow!

Utter Garbage

Overall, this was trash. Acting was okay but it gets too hard to ignore this is a mere carbon copy of the brilliant film The Sweet Hereafter.

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