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The Beautiful Country Reviews

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Top Critic
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
April 12, 2010
Its epic tale of two cultures tragically entwined is anchored by deep and elemental emotions.
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
April 16, 2009
This haunting film casts a wide swath that veers between obvious cliches and intensely visceral truths.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Kam Williams
Upstage Magazine
May 7, 2007
Worthwhile as an informative and touching reminder of the existence of a forgotten set of innocent victims of the Vietnam conflict.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Rex Roberts
Film Journal International
February 22, 2007
An ambitious movie made on a modest budget, its intention is better than its execution.
Camerin Courtney
Christianity Today
September 8, 2006
The most stunning beauty comes in human connections, physical touch, unconditional acceptance, familial love - in the treacherous and tender terrain of the human heart.
| Original Score: 3/4
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
November 10, 2005
"The Beautiful Country" touches on many thorny social issues about the way the world works, but it's ultimately Binh's story, a truthful and heartening one.
Full Review| Original Score: 3.5/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
August 28, 2005
Norwegian director Hans Petter Moland's ambitious but bleak social problem film is compelling but never fully satisfies in its clumsy dramatics.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
August 26, 2005
Some of the plotting borders on ludicrous, and newcomer Nguyen is pretty much charisma-free.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
August 26, 2005
There's little said about what is driving Binh on this journey -- and without that, the trip is nearly as hard on audiences as it is on him.
| Original Score: 2/4
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
August 25, 2005
A well-intentioned but not entirely successful blend of tragic melodrama, social-issue expose and compassionate portraiture...
| Original Score: '2.5/4'
Paul Doro
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
August 20, 2005
It's beautiful in its simplicity, exhibiting the kindness people are capable of and how profound that can be.
| Original Score: 3/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
August 19, 2005
...tells what could have been a bathetic story with persuasive compassion, admirable restraint and a painterly precision
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Pete Croatto
Filmcritic.com
August 14, 2005
What it badly needs is Terrell Owens; in other words, a reason to pay attention.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Larry Ratliff
San Antonio Express-News
August 12, 2005
Unlike Oliver Stone's combative ... Heaven & Earth, The Beautiful Country mines peace and serenity from the hurtful, chaotic aftermath of the Vietnam War.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
August 10, 2005
Beautiful movie about a young man's search for his past. Vietnam is indeed a beautiful country, but the way this movie is filmed, everywhere looks good.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
August 7, 2005
The Beautiful Country provides a panorama without insight.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies
August 5, 2005
If the road to hell really is paved with good intentions, cliches and stock characters are the asphalt.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Jason Anderson
Globe and Mail
August 5, 2005
Conditions for the characters may be bleak, but their perseverance makes the story compelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
August 5, 2005
[A] graceful and yet harrowing drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
August 5, 2005
A poignant and affecting portrait of the war's lingering consequences.
| Original Score: 3/4
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