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Crialese is a sentimentalist at heart, but a fine one, and his compassion for the wretched of the earth is thrillingly amped by the movie's ecstatic imagery. Read full review
A stirring commentary on our better angels. Read full review
Europe’s immigration dilemma was also the focus of Aki Kaurismaki’s winsome “Le Havre,” and the Africans themselves were front and center in Moussa Touré’s “La Pirogue.” This film is somewhat less effective; Crialese’s message seems to take priority over a deeper sense of individuals. Read full review
The story gets both complicated and predictable. Read full review
The story starts to feel crowded, especially when each character seems instantaneously at odds with another. One set of opposing forces would probably suffice. Read full review
As with his previous film Golden Door (2006), Crialese proves that he’s more adept when evoking a lyrical naturalism practiced by his directorial ancestors than when he’s hand-wringing over social issues. Read full review
Its self-seriousness never allows it to become the realist counterpoint to Aki Kaurismäki's tragicomic approach in Le Havre that one initially hopes it will be. Read full review
As Terraferma tightens its focus on a courageous resolution of tough issues, too much nuance is jettisoned along the way. Read full review
It's all very predictable, very Hollywood. Storytelling cliché, it would seem, knows no borders. Read full review
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