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Balseros Reviews

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Adam Nayman
eye WEEKLY
July 25, 2003
Unravels in too many different directions.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Bill Stamets
Chicago Reader
March 18, 2010
Despite the heroic exertions of the rafters and filmmakers, this apolitical film is oddly lacking in drama.
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Ernest Hardy
L.A. Weekly
October 2, 2003
Old news for anyone who has seen even one or two documentaries on similar subject matter.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
February 5, 2004
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
May 18, 2004
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 | Original Score: B
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
July 25, 2003
Hats off to directors Carles Bosch and Josep M. Domench for creating this documentary about a complex and important subject.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 25, 2003
The documentary is remarkable in how it personalized this human tragedy.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
July 22, 2003
Offers a fascinating perspective on the U.S. -- a paradise at once cold and abundant where, for all the emphasis on family values, the individual reigns supreme.
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John Anderson
Newsday
July 24, 2003
Technically astounding, the emotional equivalent of a raft on high seas, Balseros ultimately feels perfectly true, precisely because it ended up the opposite of what it started out to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
March 19, 2004
A heart-rending account of people trying to dodge the hurdles that politics puts in front of them.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
July 23, 2003
The filmmakers truly understand the symbolic struggle of Cubans trying to escape their island home's political and economic suppression.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
November 9, 2003
Well-done documentary.
| Original Score: 3/4
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
October 23, 2003
Poignant, spirited, revealing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Maria Garcia
Film Journal International
July 19, 2003
Wisely employing no narrative voice, Bosch and Domenech do a remarkable job of cinematic storytelling.
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Dave Kehr
New York Times
July 24, 2003
A coherent and emotionally satisfying tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide
July 25, 2003
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 | Original Score: 4/5
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
July 31, 2003
While uneven, occasionally confusing and rough-edged, the documentary achieves a rare depth and intimacy in its portrait of dreams fulfilled and shattered.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
October 2, 2003
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 | Original Score: 4/5
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
October 31, 2003
Illustrates the pain and anguish of the 1994 Cuban rafter exodus.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
February 5, 2004
An eloquent, nonjudgmental examination of the immigrant experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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September 9, 2009
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AV Club
July 24, 2003

Boston Phoenix
March 21, 2004
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
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