Beyond Borders (2003)



Critic Consensus: Beyond Borders is good-intentioned, but the use of human suffering as a backdrop for a romance comes across as sanctimonious and exploitative.

Movie Info

Martin Campbell directs the romantic adventure Beyond Borders. Angelina Jolie stars as Sarah Jordan, a American living with her wealthy British husband, Henry Bauford (Linus Roache), in London during the early '80s. At a charity benefit, she meets passionate relief worker Nick Callahan (Clive Owen), who chastises the rich people for not helping out the needy in war-torn countries. Sarah is quickly compelled to join his humanitarian cause to fight the famine in Ethopia. She then follows him to … More

Rating: R (for language and war-related violence)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: Caspian Tredwell-Owen
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 23, 2004
Box Office: $4.4M
Paramount Pictures - Official Site


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as Nick Callahan

as Charlotte Jordan

as Henry Bauford

as Elliot Hauser

as Lawrence Bauford

as Mrs. Bauford

as Jimmy Bauford

as Anna Bauford

as Master of Ceremonies

as Steiger's Girlfriend

as Police Officer

as Police Officer

as TV Reporter

as Art Dealer

as Dawit Ningpopo

as Port Official

as Port Official

as Colonel Gao

as Truck Driver

as Chechen Mobster

as Muslim Warlord

as Journalist

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as Russian Soldier

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Critic Reviews for Beyond Borders

All Critics (107) | Top Critics (37)

It all becomes little more than feel-good-about- feeling-bad window dressing, like an issue of Utne Reader in Dolby Surround Sound.

Full Review… | October 28, 2003
Village Voice
Top Critic

... an old-fashioned romance.

Full Review… | October 27, 2003
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

An unconvincing melodrama that seems more interested in pushing an agenda and preaching than in developing legitimate, compelling characters.

Full Review… | October 26, 2003
Top Critic

A melodrama with pretensions to humanitarian generosity.

Full Review… | October 26, 2003
Top Critic

Important issues buried in soap opera silliness.

Full Review… | October 14, 2010
Common Sense Media

...brutally haunting images ... in a setting where sappy dialogue evaporates like water.

September 20, 2004
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)

Audience Reviews for Beyond Borders

This movie goes where others are afraid to go Show the lives of children in Africa. Clive Owen plays a take no Bull Shi^ from anybody and in the process falls in love with Miss Rich Girl who is married but still Sleeps with the Doctor anyway. Oh thats right its 2010, have so morals. Still all in all a 5 star movie

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

It is so incredibly shameful how the well-intentioned and promising first half about the misery in Africa gives place to a ridiculous and exploitative romance in the final act.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


This will take you beyond your view about poverty and social worker matters but surely don't take you beyond your movie expectation!

Aliyanto Latip

Super Reviewer

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