• PG, 1 hr. 33 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:    Aki Kaurismäki
  • In Theaters:    Oct 21, 2011 Limited
  • On DVD:    Jul 31, 2012
  • Janus Films

Le Havre Reviews

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Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
March 16, 2012

It is rare and welcome to watch a movie that automatically assumes people will do the right thing at the slightest provocation.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jon Frosch
The Atlantic
Top Critic
March 7, 2012

Endearingly quirky, just this side of precious, but so warm and deftly executed that you go along with it.

Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
February 22, 2012

A humanist hug of a fable, which concludes that while big miracles may happen, it's the everyday 'miracles' people create for one another that really count.

Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Marc Mohan
Oregonian
January 25, 2012

Uses Kaurismäki's dry wit to tell a tale that's more earnest and political than anything he's done, but which retains the skewed Scandinavian worldview we've come to expect.

Full Review | Original Score: B+
Simon Miraudo
Quickflix
January 17, 2012

[It's] a movie that - like fellow 2011 Cannes entry The Kid With A Bike - is all about generosity of spirit and the cosmic rewards afforded those who live compassionately.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Clint O'Connor
Cleveland Plain Dealer
January 13, 2012

A charming film that celebrates humanity.

Full Review | Original Score: B
Tom Long
Detroit News
Top Critic
January 13, 2012

"Le Havre" is a passing fancy of a film, but it passes quite nicely indeed.

Full Review | Original Score: B
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
January 5, 2012

o Kaurismäki potizei thn istoria toy me ton naif soyrealismo kai to idiotypo xioymor poy exeis mathei na perimeneis ap' tis tainies toy, enw thn idia wra se pairnei ap' to xeraki kai se taksideyei sthn istoria toy kinhmatografoy

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
December 30, 2011

The latest work by Finnish cult director Aki Kaurismaki is is his strongst in a decade--and one of 2011 best foreign pictures.

Full Review | Original Score: A
Keith Cohen
Entertainment Spectrum
December 30, 2011

The movie never wears out its welcome with an efficient 93-minute running time. Besides the four principal characters, the supporting cast makes an impression playing a grocer, a baker, a tavern owner and Marcel's best buddy from Vietnam. It also...

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ian Buckwalter
DCist
December 14, 2011

While the film never reaches any hugely profound revelations with its parable-styled stories of compassion and community, and occasionally feels a little slight, it's also enormously enjoyable and gorgeous to watch.

Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
December 8, 2011

It's a puzzle, and an intriguing one.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters
December 7, 2011

In two stories of evolving trust and secrets, Le Havre reflects the essential simplicity of the moral choices made in its simple-seeming camera set-ups.

Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
Top Critic
December 2, 2011

'Tis the season, so the saying goes. And when it comes to Aki Kaurismäki, it holds true. The Finnish writer-director arrives bearing a gift wrapped in a contemporary immigration fable.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit
December 1, 2011

Kaurismaki's movie about a shoeshine man and an illegal immigrant is nothing less than a joy

Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
November 29, 2011

A wonderfully concise, unfussy movie; it is "easy" by the director's standards, which is to say that it doesn't leave any significant ellipses in the narrative up until the aggressively darling ending.

Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic
November 25, 2011

If the bummers and ambiguity of some of this season's movies are getting you down - or, hey, just the bummers and ambiguities of life - make your way to Le Havre. You won't be sorry.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
November 23, 2011

...an upbeat little tome that leaves a good feeling to the spirit.

Full Review | Original Score: B
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
November 19, 2011

Kaurismäki can almost restore your hope in humanity.

Full Review | Original Score: A-
James Verniere
Boston Herald
November 11, 2011

Kaurismaki dives into French film culture in 'Le Havre'

Full Review | Original Score: A minus
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