The graceful arcs of character and plot make it an effective emotional film
| Original Score: 3/4
At times, the movie feels like a manufactured Asian Chocolat, which drives the label 'art house movie' even further into mainstream banality.
Along with 1983's El Norte and 1963's America, America, The Beautiful Country conveys something essential about the immigrant experience.
| Original Score: B
Norwegian director Hans Petter Moland tells this poignant story with a reserved, passive camera that occasionally tests the limits of viewing patience.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Beauty amidst ugliness and inequity is the territory of Moland's wrenching saga of one young man's journey to America.
There's a lot to love about The Beautiful Country.
The film shows Binh's experience in lyrical, subtle, often extraordinary imagery.
This ambitious drama grapples with big themes -- identity, family, East-West conflict - but loses itself in melodrama, caricature and narrative missteps.
While Damien Nguyen is more than capable as an actor, the character is a little dull, perhaps a bit one-sided.
| Original Score: B-
A good film that might have been a great one.
The culminating shot in this graceful tale of Binh -- the Vietnamese son of a U.S. soldier -- reminds the viewer one final time how methodically compassionate Norwegian director Hans Petter Moland's film has been from lovely start to loving end.
Despite some artificial transitions, Binh's picaresque journey becomes emotionally resonant.
An intimate epic of the Vietnamese immigration experience, The Beautiful Country is a humane story of man's inhumanity.
A touching story built on conflict: emotional, cultural and physical.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
A beautiful movie, lovingly crafted.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
It's a heartening, rewarding experience to watch this journey -- and, especially, its end.
A textured, moving drama.
Norwegian director Hans Petter Moland, possibly sacrificing any hope for financial success, ensures that the film proceeds proportional to the speed of a real-life journey.
A melting pot of concepts and cultures comes together in this muddled but occasionally effective drama.
| Original Score: '2.5/4'
An affecting 'boat person' story with a predictable plot, but stunning cinematography by Stuart Dryburgh lifts it out of the ordinary and into the realm of art.