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The Beautiful Country Reviews

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May 21, 2005
Although one desperately wants to like this well-meaning film, it ultimately evokes tedium.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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 7, 2005
The moments of genuine feeling get wind-tossed on a sea of hard sell.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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
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.
July 7, 2005
A poorly-written melodrama which at times borders on the tedious
July 29, 2005
Beauty amidst ugliness and inequity is the territory of Moland's wrenching saga of one young man's journey to America.
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'
February 22, 2007
An ambitious movie made on a modest budget, its intention is better than its execution.
July 14, 2005
A trite and troubled script makes it more a visual tirade than an engaging odyssey.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
July 14, 2005
The subject is compelling but the story is very, very slow.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
July 15, 2005
The storytelling is problematic -- Binh seems uncannily able to find the right people at the right time -- and the performances uneven.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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 7, 2005
The Beautiful Country provides a panorama without insight.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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 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 26, 2005
Some of the plotting borders on ludicrous, and newcomer Nguyen is pretty much charisma-free.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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-
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 7, 2005
Norwegian director Hans Petter Moland lays on the pathos with a trowel, but the movie is carried by Nguyen's quiet competence.
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