• Released
  • October 21, 2011
  • (Limited 10/21)
  • 1 hr 43 min
  • Art House/Foreign
    Comedy
100

Washington Post

By Ann Hornaday
Le Havre is a playful parable that conveys profound truths about compassion, humility and sacrifice. It offers proof that miracles do happen - especially in Kaurismaki's lyrically hardscrabble neighborhood.
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100

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Liam Lacey
Le Havre, offers the director's usual humour, pitch-perfect acting and compassionate message, with a Gallic twist that should win new converts.
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100

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
The setting is somewhere between a post-WWII Brigadoon and the environs of Marcel Carn classic "Children of Paradise," but the story is as timely as this morning's news from Europe.
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100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
This movie is as lovable as a silent comedy, which it could have been.
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90

Movieline

By Stephanie Zacharek
Le Havre proceeds from the usual Kaurismäkian premise: Things are only going to get worse, so why not just go with it?
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88

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
The achievement of this movie is that Kaurismäki manages the seemingly impossible task of making a farce about farces. In other words, this is a very good movie in quotation marks and a very good movie.
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88

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
Does Kaurismaki believe in his own fairy tale? The movie, a humble delight, suggests the answer is yes.
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80

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Le Havre stands on its own fragile but considerable merits.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Kaurismäki stalwart Kati Outinen, as the old man's silent and ailing wife, is the key to the movie, even though she appears only sporadically. Something in her timid, understanding and impassive gaze, which is Kaurismäki's gaze as well, lets us know that she sees things in the old man that we don't see.
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60

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
No one looks at the world quite like Kaurismäki, and his deadpan sentimentality is worth discovery. This is a good place to start.
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82 out of 100
Universal acclaim
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