• Balseros
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    Added: May 9, 2008


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Balseros Reviews

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Bill Stamets
Chicago Reader
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Despite the heroic exertions of the rafters and filmmakers, this apolitical film is oddly lacking in drama.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

March 18, 2010
Eric D. Snider

Here are a handful of fairly ordinary people who happen to be from a crippled island with a deteriorating economy, who earn our sympathy just by being themselves.

Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com | Original Score: B

May 18, 2004
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Focuses its attention on telling a series of individual, human stories, refreshingly leaving the history lessons for the classroom.

Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Original Score: 3/4

May 7, 2004
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune

A movie that shows normal life can be as tough, and as gripping, as rowing across a dangerous ocean.

Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

May 7, 2004
Paul Sherman
Boston Herald

Relates such amazing journeys that it's hard not to get emotionally involved.

Full Review Source: Boston Herald | Original Score: 3/4

March 24, 2004
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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A heart-rending account of people trying to dodge the hurdles that politics puts in front of them.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 4/4

March 19, 2004
Jonathan Curiel
San Francisco Chronicle
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A seven-year time lapse that's full of drama, poignancy and some heartbreaking moments.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 4/4

March 5, 2004
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Hangs on to a sense of hope and promise, even in the face of disaster, that can only come from the people themselves.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 3/4

February 5, 2004
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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An eloquent, nonjudgmental examination of the immigrant experience.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

February 5, 2004
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The documentary is remarkable in how it personalized this human tragedy.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: B

December 25, 2003
V.A. Musetto
New York Post
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Well-done documentary.

| Original Score: 3/4

November 9, 2003
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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Illustrates the pain and anguish of the 1994 Cuban rafter exodus.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 31, 2003
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

Poignant, spirited, revealing.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: 3/4

October 23, 2003
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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Despite its unique Cuban elements, Balseros gets much of its power from the way it turns out to be a classic story of immigrants coming to a golden land and finding the streets paved with baser materials.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

October 2, 2003
Ernest Hardy
L.A. Weekly
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Old news for anyone who has seen even one or two documentaries on similar subject matter.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

October 2, 2003
Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
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While uneven, occasionally confusing and rough-edged, the documentary achieves a rare depth and intimacy in its portrait of dreams fulfilled and shattered.

July 31, 2003
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Once viewers get to know the balseros as individuals, rather than by a label thrust upon them by desperate circumstances, it's interesting to see how close to -- or far from -- their dreams the American experience takes them.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 4/5

July 25, 2003
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Hats off to directors Carles Bosch and Josep M. Domench for creating this documentary about a complex and important subject.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice

July 25, 2003
Adam Nayman

Unravels in too many different directions.

Full Review Source: eye WEEKLY | Original Score: 2.5/5

July 25, 2003
Dave Kehr
New York Times
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A coherent and emotionally satisfying tale.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4/5

July 24, 2003
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