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Le Havre Reviews

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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.
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Jon Frosch
The Atlantic
March 7, 2012
Endearingly quirky, just this side of precious, but so warm and deftly executed that you go along with it.
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Tom Long
Detroit News
January 13, 2012
"Le Havre" is a passing fancy of a film, but it passes quite nicely indeed.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
November 10, 2011
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
November 10, 2011
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
November 10, 2011
Kaurismäki wrote the script, I think, with secret credit from Mother Goose and some fabric softener.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
November 10, 2011
"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 | Original Score: 4/5
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
November 3, 2011
The film is especially comforting if you love old movies, as Kaurismaki does.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
November 3, 2011
Does Kaurismaki believe in his own fairy tale? The movie, a humble delight, suggests the answer is yes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
November 3, 2011
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
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William Goss
Film.com
October 28, 2011
A slog of old-fashioned ideals and utter non-whimsy.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
October 21, 2011
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 | Original Score: 4/5
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
October 21, 2011
"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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
October 21, 2011
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 | Original Score: 3/5
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October 20, 2011
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.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
October 20, 2011
"Le Havre" stands on its own fragile but considerable merits.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
October 20, 2011
A stylized and sentimental fairy tale about the way the world might be, grounded in a frank recognition of the way it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
October 18, 2011
Le Havre is utopian precisely because it shows everything as it is not.
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Barbara Scharres
Chicago Sun-Times
October 18, 2011
I wanted to cry for joy at this funny and good-hearted film. I would normally be wary of a film that anyone describes as heart-warming but this is the real deal.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
October 18, 2011
This typically deadpan saga from the maker of The Match Factory Girl, Drifting Clouds and The Man Without a Past (among other Netflix finds) exemplifes France's commitment to liberté, égalité, fraternité with impish sincerity.
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
October 18, 2011
With perfectly pitched acting and a script brimming with compassion and wit, Kaurismaki conveys his critique of social injustice without a hint of self-righteousness.
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
October 18, 2011
Shot (by cinematographer Timo Salminen) with the precise choreography, exaggerated 1940s-style lighting and deadpan blend of comedy and melodrama that characterizes Kaurismäki, Le Havre sneaks up on you.
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Leslie Felperin
Variety
October 18, 2011
Mixing together some of helmer Aki Kaurismaki's favorite Gallic and Finnish thesps with a few newbies, Le Havre feels like a welcoming family reunion.
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David Fear
Time Out
October 18, 2011
You still get the usual po-faced jokes; this time out, Kaurismäki includes a heartfelt hat tip to the power of community and cinema.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
October 18, 2011
Aki Kaurismaki carves out another comically enchanted movie oasis from the real world where people can rise to the occasion and do the right things.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
October 18, 2011
Something to savour.
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Richard Brody
New Yorker
October 3, 2011
Kaurismäki's ingenious pastiche of French populist poetic-realist dramas plumbs their styles and moods for enduring political substance.
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
September 9, 2011
Minor pleasures abound, but Kauismäki's vision isn't deep enough to survive so many variations.
Full Review | Original Score: B-