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Blue Jay


Meeting by chance when they return to their tiny California hometown, two former high-school sweethearts reflect on their shared past.

Actors: Mark Duplass , Sarah Paulson , Clu Gulager , James Andrews , Harris Benbury , Daniel Brooks , Mary Brooks , Bill Greer , Cindy Greer , Ana Iovine
Directors: Alex Lehmann
Country: USA
Release: 2016-10-07
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  • Joey Nolfi

    Instead of treating puppy love like child’s play, Blue Jay savors the fantasy of foundations built in adolescence, kindled while the heart is still young, and draws out the agonizing reality that romance ultimately fizzles out of necessity as we age and mature.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Steve Greene

    Blue Jay doesn’t lean on destiny or succumb to the easy refrain that time is a great equalizer. There’s genuine happiness here, but heartbreak is always right behind it.

    Indiewire Full Review
  • Alonso Duralde

    Blue Jay never seems all that interested in breaking new ground, but its success at providing small pleasures – and memorable performances – makes it worth a look.

    TheWrap Full Review
  • Brian Tallerico

    A gentle, genuine trip down memory lane that features one of our best actresses in the kind of role she doesn’t get to play that often, and another great turn in the arc of an independent film icon. Full Review
  • Mike D'Angelo

    Duplass and Paulson counteract the deliberately banal dialogue (Duplass also wrote the screenplay) with superbly anxious body language; Jim and Amanda’s “casual,” “amiable” chitchat is so painfully forced that it’s a wonder nothing ruptures.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Chuck Bowen

    Mark Duplass and Sarah Paulson have extraordinary chemistry, painting a cumulative portrait of the fragility and rareness of being truly in sync with a partner.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Brad Wheeler

    The script is loose; the acting is natural and nuanced. Over the credits plays an acoustic song about lives in the how-did-we-get-here stage. If you do not leave this Netflix movie asking questions about your own paths, the failing is yours, not Duplass’s.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Serena Donadoni

    Lehmann shot Blue Jay in a gorgeous black-and-white that looks like silver gelatin prints (a photographic process that captures boundless gradations of gray), which complements the story's heartfelt simplicity.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Jon Frosch

    Luckily, Blue Jay boasts a handful of fresh, piercingly poignant scenes that cut through the cloud of déjà vu. It also has a not-so-secret weapon in the formidable Paulson, who deserves much of the credit for whatever emotional punch the film delivers.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Kevin Jagernauth

    Lehmann’s real imprint isn’t found in the visuals, but in the performances evoked from both Duplass and Paulson. While the former may have the showstopper moments, it’s the latter who stands out.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Jordan Ruimy

    The story is a simple one, and sometimes it might feel a little too slight for it own good, but Paulson carries it all the way through with bravado acting.

    The Film Stage Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    Paulson and Duplass make all this talk (never once mumbling) fascinating, lived-in and real, taking us into the sad, lost lives of these two long lost lovers.

    Movie Nation Full Review
  • Stephen Holden

    Nostalgia gives way to melodrama, and dramatic truth to soapy histrionics, and Blue Jay falters on a formulaic revelation about mistakes made and lessons learned too late.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Tim Grierson

    Although Blue Jay is a warm, likable film, it doesn’t offer anything new to say about nostalgia, the passage of time or living with regret.

    Screen International Full Review
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