• Released
  • May 12, 2005
  • 1 hr 30 min
  • Documentary
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88

TV Guide

By Ken Fox
You'll feel lucky for such a comprehensive introduction to Turkish music.
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88

Premiere

By Glenn Kenny
But after surveying pop and rock hybrids, Akin and Hacke go deeper. You will be very happy indeed to make the acquaintance of such Turkish music luminaries as Orhan Gencebay and Sezen Aksu, whose stories and personalities are as fascinating as their music.
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80

Salon.com

By Andrew O'Hehir
Whatever you think you know about Turkey, Crossing the Bridge will change your mind. With a dynamite album of music from the film in simultaneous release, I smell a "Buena Vista"-style crossover hit.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Jonathan Curiel
Has two main flaws: the emphasis it puts on German bassist Alexander Hacke, the film's ostensible narrator, who shows up in too many scenes, and the fact that it doesn't identify many of the film's performers until the very end. Even so, Crossing the Bridge is satisfying to watch.
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75

New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
More than just a musical primer. It's also a valentine to the city on the Bosporus, the strait that separates Istanbul's Asian and European sides.
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75

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
It's hard to imagine what Akin left unexplored - but here's hoping he'll share his discoveries if he ever returns.
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75

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
As filmmaking, the docu is only travel-diary so-so. But the chance to experience the machine-gun rhymes of ''the Turkish Eminem'' - a young man called Ceza - is priceless.
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75

Seattle Post-Intelligencer

By Bill White
With adventurous forays into questionable neighborhoods and stimulating tours through street markets, "Crossing the Bridge" is about the city as much as its music.
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60

The Hollywood Reporter

This musical documentary likely will find its major audience in Germany, where the immigrant-minority Turk citizenry will take to its array of sounds, smears and social commentary as cultural nourishment.
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50

Austin Chronicle

By Marrit Ingman
The movie doesn't quite add up beyond its performances.
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73 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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