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.

Movie Info

Immigrants from around the world enter Los Angeles every day, with hopeful visions of a better life, but little notion of what that life may cost. Their desperate scenarios test the humanity of immigration enforcement officers. "In Crossing Over," writer-director Wayne Kramer explores the allure of the American dream, and the reality that immigrants find--and create--in 21st century L.A.

Rating: R (for pervasive language, some strong violence and sexuality/nudity)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Wayne Kramer
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 9, 2009
Box Office: $0.4M
The Weinstein Co. - Official Site


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

as Max Brogan
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Critic Reviews for Crossing Over

All Critics (105) | Top Critics (38)

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.

Full Review… | July 31, 2009
Time Out
Top Critic

Multicultural hot pot boils over into farce.

Full Review… | December 31, 2010

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

Full Review… | August 4, 2009
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.

Full Review… | August 4, 2009
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.

Full Review… | July 31, 2009
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.

Full Review… | July 31, 2009

Audience Reviews for Crossing Over


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

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

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.

Mark Walker

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

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

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