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The Beautiful Country Reviews

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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
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

Baltimore Sun
September 3, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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-
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-
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
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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
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
August 5, 2005
The graceful arcs of character and plot make it an effective emotional film
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
August 4, 2005
Along with 1983's El Norte and 1963's America, America, The Beautiful Country conveys something essential about the immigrant experience.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Laura Kelly
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
August 4, 2005
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
M.E. Russell
Oregonian
July 29, 2005
There's a lot to love about The Beautiful Country.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters
July 29, 2005
The film shows Binh's experience in lyrical, subtle, often extraordinary imagery.
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
July 24, 2005
A good film that might have been a great one.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Time Out
November 17, 2011
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
August 16, 2007
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Time Out
February 9, 2006
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AV Club
September 26, 2005
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Arizona Republic
September 3, 2005
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
August 27, 2005
Mark Harris
Georgia Straight
August 7, 2005

Boston Phoenix
July 16, 2005
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