• Released
  • September 4, 2011
  • (Limited NY; LA 8/9)
  • NR , 1 hr 28 min
  • Art House/Foreign


By Ella Taylor
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.
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Los Angeles Times

By Gary Goldstein
A stirring commentary on our better angels.
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New York Post

By Farran Smith Nehme
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.
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Boston Globe

By Peter Keough
The story gets both complicated and predictable.
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Washington Post

By Stephanie Merry
The story starts to feel crowded, especially when each character seems instantaneously at odds with another. One set of opposing forces would probably suffice.
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Time Out New York

By David Fear
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.
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Slant Magazine

By Tomas Hachard
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.
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The New York Times

By Nicolas Rapold
As Terraferma tightens its focus on a courageous resolution of tough issues, too much nuance is jettisoned along the way.
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Village Voice

By Chuck Wilson
It's all very predictable, very Hollywood. Storytelling cliché, it would seem, knows no borders.
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57 out of 100
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