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Crossing Over Reviews

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Martin Tsai
Critic's Notebook
October 7, 2015
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.
Don Groves
sbs.com.au
December 31, 2010
Multicultural hot pot boils over into farce.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Edward Porter
Sunday Times (UK)
August 4, 2009
The film manages to sustain a general air of dull preachiness without ever having much to say for itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Philip French
Observer (UK)
August 4, 2009
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.
Simon Braund
Empire Magazine
July 31, 2009
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 | Original Score: 2/5
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David Jenkins
Time Out
July 31, 2009
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 | Original Score: 1/5
July 31, 2009
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 | Original Score: 2.5/5
Wendy Ide
Times (UK)
July 31, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
July 31, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
David Gritten
Daily Telegraph
July 31, 2009
The whole exercise feels exploitative.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Derek Malcolm
This is London
July 31, 2009
Well-acted but increasingly either melodramatic or just plain dull.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Simon Reynolds
Digital Spy
July 31, 2009
Crossing Over builds purposefully before derailing completely in its finale.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Chris Prince
Sky Movies
July 31, 2009
Although it has moments of poignancy, his sledgehammer approach is sometimes off-putting and risible.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matt Mueller
Total Film
July 31, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail (UK)
July 31, 2009
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?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
David Edwards
Daily Mirror (UK)
July 31, 2009
The whole thing's about as enjoyable as a holiday to Guantanamo Bay. Less a movie and more a two-hour finger wag.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5

Sun Online
July 31, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Anthony Quinn
Independent (UK)
July 31, 2009
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.
Allan Hunter
Daily Express
July 31, 2009
Some stories are more convincing than others in this sprawling blend of thriller, melodrama and social drama.
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
July 31, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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