Le Havre Reviews

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
September 4, 2013
Overly sentimental but warmhearted Marxist message pic.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Top Critic
Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
June 19, 2013
We are so held by the film's impact that its ending, surprise or not, is like a bonus.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
August 22, 2012
Kaurismäki returns with another of his deadpan comedies, reminiscent of the great silent comedians, though this one is arguably one of his gentlest as well.
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
April 16, 2012
Le Havre is presented as an oasis of happy inclusiveness within a regimented, uniformed, legislated and suspicious world at large; to spend time here is a pleasure.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Philip French
Observer [UK]
April 7, 2012
Kaurismäki turns his affectionate, whimsical eye on the impoverished but generous folk of a run-down, waterfront community in the Normandy port of Le Havre.
Derek Malcolm
This is London
April 6, 2012
The result is both charming and purposeful.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Alex Zane
Sun Online
April 6, 2012
Written and directed by Finland's Aki Kaurismäki, this warmly engaging film is an understated pleasure about a surprisingly resourceful underdog.
Allan Hunter
Daily Express
April 6, 2012
The intricately woven tale of hide and seek is full of priceless, poker-faced comedy and heartrending tenderness.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Donald Clarke
Irish Times
April 5, 2012
No other director could maintain this degree of optimism while telling such a superficially grim story.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
April 5, 2012
It's a satisfying and distinctively lovable film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Anton Bitel
Film4
April 5, 2012
A charming feel-good fantasy of 'Marxist' solidarity resurgent against the chill of post-9/11 modernity.
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph
April 5, 2012
Kaurismäki clearly knows this is a fantasy, and it's a perfectly pleasant one at that.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Jenkins
Little White Lies
April 5, 2012
A gorgeous hymn to the struggles of the working man.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
April 4, 2012
I was on cloud nine throughout the film: that place of Technicolored rapture where Kaurismäki fans dwell, and where past, present and oneiric future are rolled celestially into one.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Paul Huckerby
Electric Sheep
April 4, 2012
Such a heart-warming tale in any other hands could so easily become schmaltzy (a Spielberg remake would be awful), but the deadpan delivery and endless idiosyncrasies counterbalance this tendency.

Scotsman
April 1, 2012
Kaurismäki fashions a droll, engaging fairytale, with echoes of Casablanca in its colourful, close-knit Normandaise resistance...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
March 29, 2012
This is no doubt a message movie, but it delivers its message in an unforced, quirky way that leaves you feeling as though you've been pleasurably cajoled rather than harangued.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Tom Dawson
Total Film
March 26, 2012
A warm-hearted salute to both classical French cinema and working-class solidarity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
March 24, 2012
Le Havre could be described as the ever-quirky Aki Kaurismaki's 'wish list' film addressing today's tide of refugees who are usually faceless crowds or worse, corpses at the unintended end of their journey
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
March 24, 2012
There's something extremely pure about this simple yet beautiful film in which ordinary people do extraordinary things
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