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The Beautiful Country Reviews

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Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
August 5, 2005
The graceful arcs of character and plot make it an effective emotional film
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
August 4, 2005
At times, the movie feels like a manufactured Asian Chocolat, which drives the label 'art house movie' even further into mainstream banality.
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
August 4, 2005
Along with 1983's El Norte and 1963's America, America, The Beautiful Country conveys something essential about the immigrant experience.
| Original Score: B
Laura Kelly
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
August 4, 2005
Norwegian director Hans Petter Moland tells this poignant story with a reserved, passive camera that occasionally tests the limits of viewing patience.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
July 29, 2005
Beauty amidst ugliness and inequity is the territory of Moland's wrenching saga of one young man's journey to America.
M.E. Russell
Oregonian
July 29, 2005
There's a lot to love about The Beautiful Country.
| Original Score: B
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters
July 29, 2005
The film shows Binh's experience in lyrical, subtle, often extraordinary imagery.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 28, 2005
This ambitious drama grapples with big themes -- identity, family, East-West conflict - but loses itself in melodrama, caricature and narrative missteps.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
July 26, 2005
While Damien Nguyen is more than capable as an actor, the character is a little dull, perhaps a bit one-sided.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
July 24, 2005
A good film that might have been a great one.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
July 22, 2005
The culminating shot in this graceful tale of Binh -- the Vietnamese son of a U.S. soldier -- reminds the viewer one final time how methodically compassionate Norwegian director Hans Petter Moland's film has been from lovely start to loving end.
| Original Score: 3/4
Boo Allen
Denton Record-Chronicle
July 22, 2005
Despite some artificial transitions, Binh's picaresque journey becomes emotionally resonant.
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
July 21, 2005
An intimate epic of the Vietnamese immigration experience, The Beautiful Country is a humane story of man's inhumanity.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
July 21, 2005
A touching story built on conflict: emotional, cultural and physical.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
July 21, 2005
A beautiful movie, lovingly crafted.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
July 21, 2005
It's a heartening, rewarding experience to watch this journey -- and, especially, its end.
| Original Score: 3/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
July 21, 2005
A textured, moving drama.
| Original Score: 3/4
Kevin Biggers
FilmStew.com
July 20, 2005
Norwegian director Hans Petter Moland, possibly sacrificing any hope for financial success, ensures that the film proceeds proportional to the speed of a real-life journey.
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
July 20, 2005
A melting pot of concepts and cultures comes together in this muddled but occasionally effective drama.
| Original Score: '2.5/4'
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
July 16, 2005
An affecting 'boat person' story with a predictable plot, but stunning cinematography by Stuart Dryburgh lifts it out of the ordinary and into the realm of art.
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