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Balseros Reviews

March 18, 2010
Despite the heroic exertions of the rafters and filmmakers, this apolitical film is oddly lacking in drama.
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
An eloquent, nonjudgmental examination of the immigrant experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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 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 24, 2003
A coherent and emotionally satisfying tale.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
July 24, 2003
Technically astounding, the emotional equivalent of a raft on high seas, Balseros ultimately feels perfectly true, precisely because it ended up the opposite of what it started out to be.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
July 22, 2003
Offers a fascinating perspective on the U.S. -- a paradise at once cold and abundant where, for all the emphasis on family values, the individual reigns supreme.