Crossing Over (2009)
Critic Consensus: Crossing Over is flagrant and heavy-handed about a situation that deserves more deliberate treatment, and joins its characters with coincidences that strain believability.
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as Max Brogan
as Denise Frankel
as Cole Frankel
as Chris Farrell
as Taslima Jahang
as Farid Baraheri
as Hamid Baraheri
as Claire Shepard
as Yong Kim
as Zahra Baraheri
as Gavin Kossef
as Mireya Sanchez
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Critic Reviews for Crossing Over
Any one of these stories, if properly fleshed out and shorn of contrivance, would have made for a perfectly serviceable film. Instead, we have lots of hysterical little bits of nothing much.
While Mr. Kramer does seem to believe in the decency of his characters, their individual stories eventually become so far-fetched that, in the end, they are virtually indistinguishable from Hollywood baloney.
The film manages to sustain a general air of dull preachiness without ever having much to say for itself.
It's compassionate, decent-minded and highly watchable, but as angry, heavy-handed and overemphatic as a rubber stamp crashing down on an immigration form.
Audience Reviews for Crossing Over
A really good movie with Harrison Ford. It's been a long time since I could utter those words.
Harrison Ford the whip cracking hero of old can hardly pick a good film to save himself these days but Crossing Over is decent effort. He plays an immigration officer controlling the border of Mexico but his job is only a small part of the bigger picture of immigrants entering America. The film is similiar to "Crash" and "Traffic" in that, there are many characters who intertwine in each others lives and the impact the decisions they make have on others.
It's not as good as the previous films mentioned but a decent effort and some good performances by Ford and a real sleazy Ray Liotta.
Harrison Ford plays an immigration officer and movie shows different cases that are handled everyday. Was I touched, not in the slightest. Becoming a legal citizen of any country requires more then just hitting US Soil, and the Bill of Rights and US Constitution touch on immigration in no way. Overall movie worth 3 stars but will add another 1/2
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