100

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Mr. Fukanaga's purpose is to evoke the immigrants' experience, which he does with such eloquence and power as to inspire awe.
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100

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Jennie Punter
Thrilling and beautifully crafted.
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100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
It contains risk, violence, a little romance, even fleeting moments of humor, but most of all, it sees what danger and heartbreak are involved. It is riveting from start to finish.
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100

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
That this is Fukunaga's first film is astonishing, given its sharp script, technical proficiency and suspenseful pacing. The ensemble cast is top-notch.
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88

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Forceful, heart-wrenching stuff.
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88

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
Forget those weepie liberal clichés. This starless and vividly authentic romantic thriller set in Central America really rocks, and is one of the most exciting directorial debuts in years.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
There are some brief minutes when the tension drops and the story starts to sag, but Fukunaga almost always fills the frame with something worth seeing, and the story has a built-in suspense.
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67

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Whenever Sin Nombre turns violent, it seizes you with its convulsive skill, but the film's images vastly outstrip its imagination.
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63

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
It's the tone of the movie's two sides - action and stillness, graphic violence and romantic melodrama - that don't cohere.
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

Fukunaga clearly exhibits a flair for spirited storytelling, but when Sin Nombre departs from the specifics of its unique world in favor of more conventional genre execution, it leaves the characters and audience adrift.
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77 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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