• Le Havre
    2 minutes 13 seconds
    Added: Oct 13, 2011

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Le Havre Reviews

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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The Finnish director's sense of humor is dry and dark as pitch, as he consistently finds moments of absurdity in the midst of strife and tragedy.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

November 10, 2011
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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You almost become a citizen of Le Havre, watching this film and rejoicing at the end as two newfound, unexpected friends share a drink.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 10, 2011
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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Kaurismäki wrote the script, I think, with secret credit from Mother Goose and some fabric softener.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 10, 2011
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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"Le Havre" is a small bit of movie magic, a story that plays more as a fable even as it deals with something as topical as immigration.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 4/5

November 10, 2011
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

It's a straightforward yet completely artificial scenario, with welcome overtones of Italian Neo-Realism.

Full Review Source: East Bay Express

November 9, 2011
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix

Unlike the director's typical hero, Wilms's spare performance conveys confidence rather than defeat. He and the kid warm the heart, thawing Kaurismäki's usual icy aplomb.

Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix | Original Score: 3/4

November 8, 2011
Bruce Kirkland
Jam! Movies

Heart-wrenching but ultimately inspirational.

Full Review Source: Jam! Movies | Original Score: 4/5

November 4, 2011
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle

Le Havre is not the filmmaker's best work (see La Vie de Bohème for that), but no matter the storm, we should be grateful to dock in this port.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 3/5

November 4, 2011
Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
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The film is especially comforting if you love old movies, as Kaurismaki does.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

November 3, 2011
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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Does Kaurismaki believe in his own fairy tale? The movie, a humble delight, suggests the answer is yes.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 3, 2011
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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An exceeding droll comedy from Finnish master Aki Kaurismaki, whose dark worldview is balanced by a deep empathy for his blue-collar characters.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 3, 2011
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics

An easygoing story of human relationships with a sharp political comment about European immigration.

Full Review Source: Monsters and Critics | Original Score: 8/10

October 31, 2011
William Goss
Film.com
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A slog of old-fashioned ideals and utter non-whimsy.

Full Review Source: Film.com

October 28, 2011
Geoff Berkshire
Metromix.com

So breezy that once the film ends, it simply drifts away

Full Review Source: Metromix.com | Original Score: 3/5

October 21, 2011
Leonard Maltin
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If the story outline seems simple, it is; this movie is all about attitude and style. The shabby-genteel hero, who has a keen sense of irony, and the people who help him...

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October 21, 2011
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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If the name Aki Kaurismäki doesn't mean anything to you, it should, and "Le Havre" may be the film to make it happen.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

October 21, 2011
V.A. Musetto
New York Post
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"Le Havre'' is warm-hearted and uplifting, without being schmaltzy or preachy. And, with its illegal-alien theme, it's dead-on timely.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3/4

October 21, 2011
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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No one looks at the world quite like Kaurismäki, and his deadpan sentimentality is worth discovery. This is a good place to start.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/5

October 21, 2011
Mark Jenkins
NPR
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A contemporary fable set in a place constructed from blocks of French cinematic history, Le Havre is one of Aki Kaurismaki's warmest, most engaging films.

Full Review Source: NPR

October 20, 2011
Chris Cabin
Filmcritic.com

offers plenty of things to talk about but perhaps the most remarkable part about it is its confidence of style and its sober-eyed sense of uplift

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 4/5

October 20, 2011
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