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

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Le Havre Reviews

Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
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We are so held by the film's impact that its ending, surprise or not, is like a bonus.

Full Review Source: The New Republic

June 19, 2013
Jon Frosch
The Atlantic
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Endearingly quirky, just this side of precious, but so warm and deftly executed that you go along with it.

Full Review Source: The Atlantic

March 7, 2012
Tom Long
Detroit News
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"Le Havre" is a passing fancy of a film, but it passes quite nicely indeed.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: B

January 13, 2012
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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'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 Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3.5/4

December 2, 2011
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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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 Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 25, 2011
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
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
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
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
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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"Le Havre" stands on its own fragile but considerable merits.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

October 20, 2011
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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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 Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4/5

October 20, 2011
J. Hoberman
Village Voice
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Le Havre is utopian precisely because it shows everything as it is not.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

October 18, 2011
Barbara Scharres
Chicago Sun-Times
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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.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times

October 18, 2011
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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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.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly

October 18, 2011
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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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.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail

October 18, 2011
Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
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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.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

October 18, 2011
Leslie Felperin
Variety
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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.

Full Review Source: Variety

October 18, 2011
David Fear
Time Out New York
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You still get the usual po-faced jokes; this time out, Kaurismäki includes a heartfelt hat tip to the power of community and cinema.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York

October 18, 2011
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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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.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

October 18, 2011
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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Something to savour.

Full Review Source: Time Out

October 18, 2011
Richard Brody
New Yorker
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Kaurismäki's ingenious pastiche of French populist poetic-realist dramas plumbs their styles and moods for enduring political substance.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

October 3, 2011
Scott Tobias
AV Club
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Minor pleasures abound, but Kauismäki's vision isn't deep enough to survive so many variations.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B-

September 9, 2011
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