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The Beautiful Country Reviews

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August 5, 2005
The graceful arcs of character and plot make it an effective emotional film
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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.
August 4, 2005
Along with 1983's El Norte and 1963's America, America, The Beautiful Country conveys something essential about the immigrant experience.
Read More | Original Score: B
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 29, 2005
Beauty amidst ugliness and inequity is the territory of Moland's wrenching saga of one young man's journey to America.
July 29, 2005
There's a lot to love about The Beautiful Country.
Read More | Original Score: B
July 29, 2005
The film shows Binh's experience in lyrical, subtle, often extraordinary imagery.
July 28, 2005
This ambitious drama grapples with big themes -- identity, family, East-West conflict - but loses itself in melodrama, caricature and narrative missteps.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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-
July 24, 2005
A good film that might have been a great one.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
July 23, 2005
For much of the 125-minute running time, everything is so unrelentingly internalized it isn't until the very end it all almost magically clicks together, virtually slapping viewers across the face with its emotional resonating firepower.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
July 22, 2005
Despite some artificial transitions, Binh's picaresque journey becomes emotionally resonant.
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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
July 21, 2005
A touching story built on conflict: emotional, cultural and physical.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 21, 2005
A beautiful movie, lovingly crafted.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 21, 2005
It's a heartening, rewarding experience to watch this journey -- and, especially, its end.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
July 21, 2005
A textured, moving drama.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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.
July 20, 2005
A melting pot of concepts and cultures comes together in this muddled but occasionally effective drama.
| Original Score: '2.5/4'
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