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Crossing Over (2009)



Average Rating: 4.1/10
Reviews Counted: 106
Fresh: 17 | Rotten: 89

Crossing Over is flagrant and heavy-handed about a situation that deserves more deliberate treatment, and joins its characters with coincidences that strain believability.


Average Rating: 4.3/10
Critic Reviews: 38
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 32

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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Harrison Ford, Ray Liotta, and Ashley Judd star in Running Scared writer/director Wayne Kramer's harrowing look at life amongst illegal immigrants and the immigration enforcement agents whose job it is to ensure that the U.S. borders remain secure. Every day, a new batch of immigrants comes flooding into Los Angeles in search of the American dream -- and every day the price of that dream rises exponentially. As the desperation of these newcomers continually tests the humanity of Los Angeles



Wayne Kramer

Jun 9, 2009


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All Critics (106) | Top Critics (38) | Fresh (17) | Rotten (89)

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.

July 31, 2009 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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There are good performances here, but the sheer number dilutes their power, leaving the movie a bit of a mess.

March 25, 2009 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
Arizona Republic
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You see, it's all a bit too interlocking, a cable series jammed into a couple of hours.

March 20, 2009 Full Review Source: Denver Post
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[Crossing Over] has a paint-by-numbers quality.

March 20, 2009 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Part of the reason why Crossing Over doesn't work is that too many of the hurdles [director] Kramer places in front of his protagonists often feel like the product of a writer's imagination instead of real-life experiences.

March 19, 2009 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
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The film is so choppy, especially in the final going, it appears that entire reels have been cut.

March 13, 2009 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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Multicultural hot pot boils over into farce.

December 31, 2010 Full Review Source:

The film manages to sustain a general air of dull preachiness without ever having much to say for itself.

August 4, 2009 Full Review Source: Sunday Times (UK)
Sunday Times (UK)

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.

August 4, 2009 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

Being over-stuffed and heavy-handed are not even Crossing Over's biggest problems. That dubious honour goes to an absolute failure to address its nominal subject-matter in any meaningful way.

July 31, 2009 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

While the film certainly has some viable, provocative points to make about the US's attitudes to migrants and the labyrinthine horrors of getting citizenship, it lacks the subtlety and eloquence it really needs to succeed.

July 31, 2009 Full Review Source: Film4

For anyone who felt that Crash was too subtle and self-effacing, I recommend Crossing Over, a multi-stranded, heavy handed exploration of the issues surrounding immigration and US citizenship.

July 31, 2009 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

Crass, contrived, tackily salacious and politically loaded in the most insidious way, this dodgy piece of nonsense purports to be an ensemble, multi-stranded drama in the style of Traffic or Crash.

July 31, 2009 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

The whole exercise feels exploitative.

July 31, 2009 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

Well-acted but increasingly either melodramatic or just plain dull.

July 31, 2009 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

Crossing Over builds purposefully before derailing completely in its finale.

July 31, 2009 Full Review Source: Digital Spy
Digital Spy

Although it has moments of poignancy, his sledgehammer approach is sometimes off-putting and risible.

July 31, 2009 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

Hampered by wayward direction and a skin-deep script, this won't be following Crash to the Academy podium. If you loved Haggis' Oscar victor, you might squeeze an iota of enlightenment out of Kramer's copycat melodrama.

July 31, 2009 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

Writer-director Wayne Kramer insists on trying to tell us all the way through what we should feel. Yet, by the end, it's not clear what he's trying to say: are U.S. immigration laws unfair, unnecessary or badly enforced?

July 31, 2009 Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK] | Comment (1)
Daily Mail [UK]

The whole thing's about as enjoyable as a holiday to Guantanamo Bay. Less a movie and more a two-hour finger wag.

July 31, 2009 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
Daily Mirror [UK]

You can be too right-on. And that's the problem with this smug Hollywood multi-strand drama about immigration that sweats self-righteousness from every pore.

July 31, 2009 Full Review Source: Sun Online
Sun Online

As with many multi-character pieces, it's somewhat unbalanced by its competing storylines, and its lapses into sentimentality seem inevitable, but Kramer deserves credit for taking on a touchy subject.

July 31, 2009 Full Review Source: Independent

Some stories are more convincing than others in this sprawling blend of thriller, melodrama and social drama.

July 31, 2009 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

The script is occasionally heavy-handed, but its range of immigration experiences is impressive and you forgive the odd bit of speechifying because the storytelling is both engaging and provocative.

July 31, 2009 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

The film is well-made and benefits from a very strong cast, but it's both overly worthy and rather pushy about its perspective.

July 31, 2009 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

Audience Reviews for Crossing Over

A really good movie with Harrison Ford. It's been a long time since I could utter those words.
October 22, 2012

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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.
June 12, 2010

Super Reviewer

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
May 25, 2010
Bruce Bruce

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Crossing over is much better than Crash. It's less contrived but still convoluted and woefully misjudged with some painful stereotypical prejudices. There is some good here though, the performances are fine and the storyline of the Mexican woman is very touching, it's also the best Ford has been in years. I have to say I'm slightly disgusted by some of the other reviews here that comment on Alice Eve's nudity in the film, she's practically being raped on screen, how is that sexy? Others also say it can't be compared to Crash's greatness so I guess you'd better watch it and make up your own minds!
April 14, 2010

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