• R, 2 hr. 5 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Hans Petter Moland
    In Theaters:
    Jul 8, 2005 Wide
    On DVD:
    Dec 13, 2005
  • Sony Pictures Classics


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The Beautiful Country Reviews

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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Its epic tale of two cultures tragically entwined is anchored by deep and elemental emotions.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

April 12, 2010
Cole Smithey

This haunting film casts a wide swath that veers between obvious cliches and intensely visceral truths.

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

April 16, 2009
Kam Williams
Upstage Magazine

Worthwhile as an informative and touching reminder of the existence of a forgotten set of innocent victims of the Vietnam conflict.

Full Review Source: Upstage Magazine | Original Score: 3.5/4

May 7, 2007
Camerin Courtney
Christianity Today

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

September 8, 2006
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

"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

November 10, 2005

Baltimore Sun

Full Review Source: Baltimore Sun | Original Score: 3/4

September 3, 2005
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Norwegian director Hans Petter Moland's ambitious but bleak social problem film is compelling but never fully satisfies in its clumsy dramatics.

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

August 28, 2005
Paul Doro
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

It's beautiful in its simplicity, exhibiting the kindness people are capable of and how profound that can be.

| Original Score: 3/4

August 20, 2005
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

...tells what could have been a bathetic story with persuasive compassion, admirable restraint and a painterly precision

Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Original Score: A-

August 19, 2005
Larry Ratliff
San Antonio Express-News

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 12, 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 Source: TheMovieChicks.com | Original Score: 3.5/5

August 10, 2005
Jason Anderson
Globe and Mail
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Conditions for the characters may be bleak, but their perseverance makes the story compelling.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 5, 2005
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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[A] graceful and yet harrowing drama.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/4

August 5, 2005
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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A poignant and affecting portrait of the war's lingering consequences.

| Original Score: 3/4

August 5, 2005
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit

The graceful arcs of character and plot make it an effective emotional film

Full Review Source: Movie Habit | Original Score: 3/4

August 5, 2005
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Along with 1983's El Norte and 1963's America, America, The Beautiful Country conveys something essential about the immigrant experience.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: B

August 4, 2005
Laura Kelly
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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

August 4, 2005
M.E. Russell

There's a lot to love about The Beautiful Country.

Full Review Source: Oregonian | Original Score: B

July 29, 2005
Cynthia Fuchs

The film shows Binh's experience in lyrical, subtle, often extraordinary imagery.

Full Review Source: PopMatters

July 29, 2005
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion

A good film that might have been a great one.

Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion | Original Score: B-

July 24, 2005

Time Out
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November 17, 2011
Dave Calhoun
Time Out New York
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August 16, 2007

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February 9, 2006

AV Club
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September 26, 2005

Arizona Republic
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September 3, 2005

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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August 27, 2005

Boston Phoenix
July 16, 2005
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