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Balseros Reviews

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March 18, 2010
Despite the heroic exertions of the rafters and filmmakers, this apolitical film is oddly lacking in drama.
May 18, 2004
Here are a handful of fairly ordinary people who happen to be from a crippled island with a deteriorating economy, who earn our sympathy just by being themselves.
Full Review | Original Score: B
May 7, 2004
Focuses its attention on telling a series of individual, human stories, refreshingly leaving the history lessons for the classroom.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 7, 2004
A movie that shows normal life can be as tough, and as gripping, as rowing across a dangerous ocean.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 24, 2004
Relates such amazing journeys that it's hard not to get emotionally involved.
| Original Score: 3/4
March 19, 2004
A heart-rending account of people trying to dodge the hurdles that politics puts in front of them.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
March 5, 2004
A seven-year time lapse that's full of drama, poignancy and some heartbreaking moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
February 5, 2004
Hangs on to a sense of hope and promise, even in the face of disaster, that can only come from the people themselves.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
February 5, 2004
An eloquent, nonjudgmental examination of the immigrant experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 25, 2003
The documentary is remarkable in how it personalized this human tragedy.
Full Review | Original Score: B
November 9, 2003
Well-done documentary.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 31, 2003
Illustrates the pain and anguish of the 1994 Cuban rafter exodus.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 23, 2003
Poignant, spirited, revealing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 2, 2003
Despite its unique Cuban elements, Balseros gets much of its power from the way it turns out to be a classic story of immigrants coming to a golden land and finding the streets paved with baser materials.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
October 2, 2003
Old news for anyone who has seen even one or two documentaries on similar subject matter.
July 31, 2003
While uneven, occasionally confusing and rough-edged, the documentary achieves a rare depth and intimacy in its portrait of dreams fulfilled and shattered.
July 25, 2003
Once viewers get to know the balseros as individuals, rather than by a label thrust upon them by desperate circumstances, it's interesting to see how close to -- or far from -- their dreams the American experience takes them.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
July 25, 2003
Hats off to directors Carles Bosch and Josep M. Domench for creating this documentary about a complex and important subject.
July 25, 2003
Unravels in too many different directions.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
July 24, 2003
A coherent and emotionally satisfying tale.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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