YMMV / The Place Beyond the Pines

  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: There are hardly any Hope Spots in this film.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Luke, whose erratic behavior is contrasted with his genuine desire to be a better man.
  • Just Eat Gilligan: Everything could have been avoided had Romina been a little more upfront towards Jason concerning Luke.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Any sympathy for Luke is lost when he strikes Romina's husband Kofi with a wrench, and later putting a gun in Robin's mouth and subjecting him to some fairly sadistic psychological torture.
  • The Scrappy: AJ (and Emory Cohen's performance) is despised for his Jerk Ass behavior and arrogant attitude. Cohen's apparent Marlon Brando impression doesn't help.