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The Immigrant Reviews

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Top Critic
Matthew Kassel
New York Observer
May 15, 2014
Neither Ewa nor Bruno has much depth and often come off as stock characters in a movie with little new to offer about the immigrant experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Donald Clarke
Irish Times
June 2, 2014
If the film were the pilot for an HBO series then you would probably stay tuned for the second episode. As a standalone film, it feels like very thin stuff.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tom Shone
May 16, 2014
It's a mystery why James Gray's The Immigrant isn't a great movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Annlee Ellingson
L.A. Biz
May 16, 2014
Gray revels in the melodrama-to a fault.
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
May 23, 2014
Labored, flatly-written, heartlessly acted.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Tim Grierson
Paste Magazine
May 31, 2013
Such a beautiful movie -- and so cold, too.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
May 15, 2014
What predominates is a dully morose, overheated and implausible story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Lee Marshall
Screen International
May 14, 2014
Scratch the good-looking, emotionally charged surface of James Gray's period take on the love triangle theme he has already explored in Two Lovers and you find a rather stagey melodrama.
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
June 18, 2014
...the writer/director's attempts at eliciting an emotional response fall completely and hopelessly flat.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Dana Stevens
May 15, 2014
I wanted to fall under this movie's spell as if watching one of those early 20th-century immigrant melodramas-instead, it felt like visiting a meticulously appointed but too-tidy historical museum.
Josh Larsen
June 5, 2014
"...the old-timey aesthetic here is so overwrought the characters seem stuck in prehistoric amber."
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Peter Bradshaw
October 24, 2013
Gray is an intelligent director, always concerned to offer his audiences something other than the usual Hollywood formula pictures. The Immigrant is certainly different: but Gray seems to run out of ideas and the film is shapeless and unsatisfying.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Michael Dequina
August 3, 2014
As terrific as Cotillard is, Gray's coldly cerebral style keeps Ewa's plight at too far a remove.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Clayton Davis
July 3, 2014
"The Immigrant" suffices as a theatrical experience, in the end, the appreciation for its visual and detailed nature are the only things that impress.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Mal Vincent
The Virginian-Pilot
July 23, 2014
Marion Cotillard is a tearful, too-lovely newcomer to a harsh America in the early 1920s.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Brian Formo
May 15, 2014
"The Immigrant" is marvelous. James Gray has meticulously crafted a handsome, very rewarding and rare dramatization of something that, although distant, should remain familiar to all of us.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.5/10
Travis Hopson
May 24, 2014
Cotillard can say more with her expressive eyes than others can with their entire bodies, and she gives more depth to Ewa than the screenplay provides.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jake Cole
Movie Mezzanine
May 16, 2014
This represents the fullest demonstration to date of the director's capacity for classical, Fordian composition while remaining attuned to the subtleties and naturalism of contemporary acting.
Full Review | Original Score: A
David Berry
National Post
June 5, 2014
Gray is one of the most deliberate of American filmmakers, capable of turning an underground beating by the cops into a scene of two-toned aesthetic beauty, and never letting a frame go by with deep, moody meaning.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jessica Kiang
The Playlist
May 24, 2013
...Gray is a filmmaker we love, and all the best qualities of his intelligent style are here in abundance...The Immigrant is contained, restrained, thoughtful filmmaking that satisfies on nearly every level...
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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