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The Beautiful Country Reviews

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April 12, 2010
Its epic tale of two cultures tragically entwined is anchored by deep and elemental emotions.
April 16, 2009
This haunting film casts a wide swath that veers between obvious cliches and intensely visceral truths.
Full Review | Original Score: B
May 7, 2007
Worthwhile as an informative and touching reminder of the existence of a forgotten set of innocent victims of the Vietnam conflict.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 22, 2007
An ambitious movie made on a modest budget, its intention is better than its execution.
September 8, 2006
The most stunning beauty comes in human connections, physical touch, unconditional acceptance, familial love - in the treacherous and tender terrain of the human heart.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
November 10, 2005
"The Beautiful Country" touches on many thorny social issues about the way the world works, but it's ultimately Binh's story, a truthful and heartening one.
Full Review| Original Score: 3.5/4
August 28, 2005
Norwegian director Hans Petter Moland's ambitious but bleak social problem film is compelling but never fully satisfies in its clumsy dramatics.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
August 26, 2005
Some of the plotting borders on ludicrous, and newcomer Nguyen is pretty much charisma-free.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 26, 2005
There's little said about what is driving Binh on this journey -- and without that, the trip is nearly as hard on audiences as it is on him.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
August 25, 2005
A well-intentioned but not entirely successful blend of tragic melodrama, social-issue expose and compassionate portraiture...
Read More | Original Score: '2.5/4'
August 20, 2005
It's beautiful in its simplicity, exhibiting the kindness people are capable of and how profound that can be.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
August 19, 2005
...tells what could have been a bathetic story with persuasive compassion, admirable restraint and a painterly precision
Read More | Original Score: A-
August 14, 2005
What it badly needs is Terrell Owens; in other words, a reason to pay attention.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 12, 2005
Unlike Oliver Stone's combative ... Heaven & Earth, The Beautiful Country mines peace and serenity from the hurtful, chaotic aftermath of the Vietnam War.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
August 10, 2005
Beautiful movie about a young man's search for his past. Vietnam is indeed a beautiful country, but the way this movie is filmed, everywhere looks good.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
August 7, 2005
The Beautiful Country provides a panorama without insight.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
August 5, 2005
If the road to hell really is paved with good intentions, cliches and stock characters are the asphalt.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
August 5, 2005
Conditions for the characters may be bleak, but their perseverance makes the story compelling.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 5, 2005
[A] graceful and yet harrowing drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 5, 2005
A poignant and affecting portrait of the war's lingering consequences.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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