The Beautiful Country (2005) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Beautiful Country (2005)



Critic Consensus: The plight of Asian refugees is sensitively rendered, and the movie builds, with the help of Nolte, to a wrenchingly poignant conclusion.

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'The Beautiful Country' follows the story of Binh, a shy Vietnamese man in his 20s who embarks on a personal journey with a young beautiful woman, Ling, aboard a refugee ship to America in search of a better life and Binh's estranged American father.

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Tim Roth
as Captain Oh
Chapman To
as Chingmy
Thu An Nguyen
as Old Woman
Pham Ha Duy
as Cousin (age 16)
Minh Trang Ngo
as Cousin (age 14)
Ha Viet Trang
as Friend at Tavern
Bui Ti Hong
as Crippled Woman
Vu Tang
as Head Servant
Anh Thu
as Mrs. Hoa
Khuong Duc Thuan
as Mrs. Hoa's Son
Man-chat To
as Chingmy
Van Be Truong
as Grandfather
Phat Trieu Hoang
as Captain on Junk
Nguyen Thi Xuan Thuc
as Begging Woman
Looke Wee Suu
as Official
Nguyen Dinh Thi
as Interpreter
Nghiem Xuan Minh
as Sick Old Man
La Vien Toan
as Old Man
Le Chuy Gioi
as Middle-Aged Man
Ha Phong Nguyen
as Young Angry Man
Ah Ha
as Plump Man
Hoang Dung
as Player
Phan Vi Long
as Kind Man
as Soldier
Do Huyen Chi
as Girl in Party Dress
Tran Thi Hoan
as Chi's Mother
Carl Savering
as Truck Driver
Bobby Chinn
as Bunk Mate
Jon Katz
as Man in Window
Rafael Foncillas
as Child in Window
Santiago Foncillas
as Child in WIndow
Richard Lack
as Postal Clerk
Phyllis Cicero
as Receptionist
Dora Chu
as Bartender
Victor Macias
as Mexican Man
Libby Villari
as Steve's Ex-Wife
Don L. McCoy
as Police Officer
Kirk Griffith
as Ranch Owner
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Critic Reviews for The Beautiful Country

All Critics (75) | Top Critics (25)

Its epic tale of two cultures tragically entwined is anchored by deep and elemental emotions.

Full Review… | April 12, 2010
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Conditions for the characters may be bleak, but their perseverance makes the story compelling.

August 5, 2005
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

[A] graceful and yet harrowing drama.

Full Review… | August 5, 2005
Toronto Star
Top Critic

A poignant and affecting portrait of the war's lingering consequences.

August 5, 2005
Detroit Free Press
Top Critic

At times, the movie feels like a manufactured Asian Chocolat, which drives the label 'art house movie' even further into mainstream banality.

Full Review… | August 4, 2005
Washington Post
Top Critic

Along with 1983's El Norte and 1963's America, America, The Beautiful Country conveys something essential about the immigrant experience.

August 4, 2005
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Beautiful Country

A very good movie! Quality film, great sets, great scenery, good acting, good story, just a good movie all around.

Pete Skeris
Pete Skeris

Slow paced, yet intriguing. I should take away 1/2 a star for the unsatisfying ending, but I just couldn't make myself do it. This was very well done, very moving, and very well casted. No Disney ending here, but nice enough to not get me too mad...

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

Turns into a very gripping movie after a slow beginning. A few unexpected twists adds to the suspense. We get to see both misery and hope when the characters is searching for the American dream. Great acting and photography.

Stefan P
Stefan P

Super Reviewer

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