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Beyond Borders Reviews

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Mark Holcomb
Village Voice
October 28, 2003
It all becomes little more than feel-good-about- feeling-bad window dressing, like an issue of Utne Reader in Dolby Surround Sound.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
October 27, 2003
... an old-fashioned romance.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
October 26, 2003
An unconvincing melodrama that seems more interested in pushing an agenda and preaching than in developing legitimate, compelling characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
October 26, 2003
A melodrama with pretensions to humanitarian generosity.
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Jen Chaney
Washington Post
October 24, 2003
Well-intentioned but astonishingly flat.
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Libby Copeland
Washington Post
October 24, 2003
The premise of the movie deserves better.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
October 24, 2003
A far-fetched romantic adventure.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
October 24, 2003
To imagine that there are those who would scoff at the idea that fashion cares! As Beyond Borders demonstrates with such lavish sensitivity, fashion cares like nothing else. When it comes to giving up food, fashion practically spews concern.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Erik Lundegaard
Seattle Times
October 24, 2003
It's an inspiring story. I just wish a better movie accompanied it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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C.W. Nevius
San Francisco Chronicle
October 24, 2003
Beyond Borders is a film with its heart in the right place. Unfortunately, its head is stuck so far in the clouds that it dissolves into preachy do-gooder mush.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 24, 2003
Skip Beyond Borders and write a check to the Red Cross or Doctors Without Borders.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
October 24, 2003
Beyond Borders should have been called Beyond Boredom.
| Original Score: 1/5
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Megan Lehmann
New York Post
October 24, 2003
Beyond Borders makes an earnest stab at illustrating the hardships and sacrifices humanitarian workers contend with -- but in the end, all the suffering merely forms an amorphous backdrop for a Harlequin romance.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
October 24, 2003
A disastrously clumsy, heavy-handed movie.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
October 24, 2003
Despite their blatant use of humanitarianism for marketing purposes, it's obvious the filmmakers' hearts are in the right place, but the sort of consciousness raising the movie tries to do only works if it's enveloped in a compelling story.
| Original Score: C+
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Tom Long
Detroit News
October 24, 2003
Worth watching despite the miscues.
| Original Score: C+
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
October 24, 2003
At its worst, Beyond Borders could be accused of exploiting the very cause it wants to champion; at its best, it only makes us wish someone had abandoned this campaign as a lost cause, and started all over again.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
October 24, 2003
Despite all its grisly sights, the most disturbing thing about Beyond Borders is the magnitude of its miscalculation. In this movie, the world's a stage for ill-fated romance, and famine and war aren't much more than props.
| Original Score: D+
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
October 24, 2003
Beyond Borders invites ruminations about style over substance.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 24, 2003
Beyond Borders has good intentions and wants to call attention to the plight of refugees, but what a clueless vulgarization it makes of its worthy motives.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
October 24, 2003
Beyond Borders so trivializes the plight of the world's displaced peoples that it becomes actively obnoxious.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
October 24, 2003
The picture holds up starving babies to score cheap emotional points, but it never bothers to look beyond the swollen bellies and swarming flies.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
October 24, 2003
The movie is mired in its good intentions, and ends up looking opportunistic and gauche.
| Original Score: 2/4
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 24, 2003
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
October 24, 2003
An awful movie.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
October 23, 2003
A liberal video game that demeans the very refugees it tries to spotlight.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
October 23, 2003
An unreal film about a real situation, unavoidably cartoonish, as was the earlier Tears of the Sun, in its attempt to join crucial issues to ridiculous melodrama.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
October 23, 2003
A listless affair.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Kathy Cano Murillo
Arizona Republic
October 23, 2003
Beyond Borders is aptly titled. It should be placed way beyond the border, where it can't be seen.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
October 23, 2003
Potent stuff for part of the way, then it nose-dives into a sublime kind of awfulness.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
October 23, 2003
The formula that gave life to such poignant and powerful films as The Killing Fields and The Year of Living Dangerously this time results in something closer to parody.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
October 23, 2003
It's easy to get caught up in the whole, soap-opera thrust of the thing.
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October 23, 2003
A powerful, deeply moving film that takes you on a stirring journey straight to your heart.
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Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
October 23, 2003
[Campbell] can't overcome the basic tension of trying to elicit honest, conscience-tweaking audience reactions in the context of a broadly entertaining movie.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
October 23, 2003
Good intentions can't overcome a disjointed story.
| Original Score: C+
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
October 22, 2003
It's proof that the Zhivago / Reds / English Patient school of 'world cataclysm as amorous backdrop' may no longer be viable, at least as applied to contemporary crises.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
October 16, 2003
By setting a 'thrilling romantic adventure,' to quote the film's press kit, against the backdrop of humanitarian efforts in war-torn lands, this production unwittingly crosses the line between entertainment and exploitation once too often.