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Balseros Reviews

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Top Critic
Bill Stamets
Chicago Reader
March 18, 2010
Despite the heroic exertions of the rafters and filmmakers, this apolitical film is oddly lacking in drama.
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
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
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
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
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
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
Paul Sherman
Boston Herald
March 24, 2004
Relates such amazing journeys that it's hard not to get emotionally involved.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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
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Jonathan Curiel
San Francisco Chronicle
March 5, 2004
A seven-year time lapse that's full of drama, poignancy and some heartbreaking moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
February 5, 2004
An eloquent, nonjudgmental examination of the immigrant experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 25, 2003
The documentary is remarkable in how it personalized this human tragedy.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
November 9, 2003
Well-done documentary.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
October 31, 2003
Illustrates the pain and anguish of the 1994 Cuban rafter exodus.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
October 23, 2003
Poignant, spirited, revealing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Ernest Hardy
L.A. Weekly
October 2, 2003
Old news for anyone who has seen even one or two documentaries on similar subject matter.
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
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.
Ken Fox
TV Guide
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.
| Original Score: 4/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
July 25, 2003
Hats off to directors Carles Bosch and Josep M. Domench for creating this documentary about a complex and important subject.
Adam Nayman
eye WEEKLY
July 25, 2003
Unravels in too many different directions.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Dave Kehr
New York Times
July 24, 2003
A coherent and emotionally satisfying tale.
| Original Score: 4/5
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