Here and There Reviews

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Tom Long
Detroit News
August 29, 2013
Esparza's working with untrained actors and at times they stumble haltingly through scenes, seemingly grasping for lines and straining for reactions. But there are also moments when it seems as if life itself is being captured.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
May 10, 2013
By the end it achieves a poignant, impassioned tone reminiscent of classic neorealism.
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Cary Darling
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
May 9, 2013
Set in a village in (Mexico), the slow, thoughtful and absorbing portrait of a working-class family whose father has just returned from being an undocumented worker in New York, Aquí y Allá puts a face ... on the immigration debate.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Amy Nicholson
Los Angeles Times
April 26, 2013
Esparza's cast of unknowns is so fresh and raw that the drama could be mistaken for a documentary if the camera work weren't so controlled ...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Neil Young
Hollywood Reporter
January 14, 2013
Award-winning examination of migrant labor would have worked better as a documentary.
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Neil Genzlinger
New York Times
December 20, 2012
If the intent was to keep the characters here just as anonymous as most migrant workers are to prosperous people in the United States, it succeeds: Pedro and his family remain mere sketches.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
December 18, 2012
As simple, straightforward, and elegant as its title.
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May 23, 2012
A quietly devastating exploration of the cruel paradox that, in order to feed their loved ones, emigrants have to leave them behind.