Crossing Over


Crossing Over (2009)


Critic Consensus: Crossing Over is flagrant and heavy-handed about a situation that deserves more deliberate treatment, and joins its characters with coincidences that strain believability.


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Immigrants from around the world enter Los Angeles every day, with hopeful visions of a better life, but little notion of what that life may cost. Their desperate scenarios test the humanity of immigration enforcement officers. "In Crossing Over," writer-director Wayne Kramer explores the allure of the American dream, and the reality that immigrants find--and create--in 21st century L.A.

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Harrison Ford
as Max Brogan
Ashley Judd
as Denise Frankel
Ray Liotta
as Cole Frankel
Sean Penn
as Chris Farrell
Summer Bishil
as Taslima Jahang
Merik Tadros
as Farid Baraheri
Cliff Curtis
as Hamid Baraheri
Alice Eve
as Claire Shepard
Justin Chon
as Yong Kim
Melody Khazae
as Zahra Baraheri
Jim Sturgess
as Gavin Kossef
Alice Braga
as Mireya Sanchez
Jacqueline Obradors
as Special Agent Phadkar
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Critic Reviews for Crossing Over

All Critics (109) | Top Critics (40)

Any one of these stories, if properly fleshed out and shorn of contrivance, would have made for a perfectly serviceable film. Instead, we have lots of hysterical little bits of nothing much.

Jul 31, 2009 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
Time Out
Top Critic

Crass, contrived, tackily salacious and politically loaded in the most insidious way, this dodgy piece of nonsense purports to be an ensemble, multi-stranded drama in the style of Traffic or Crash.

Jul 31, 2009 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

There are good performances here, but the sheer number dilutes their power, leaving the movie a bit of a mess.

Mar 25, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

You see, it's all a bit too interlocking, a cable series jammed into a couple of hours.

Mar 20, 2009 | Rating: 2.5/4

[Crossing Over] has a paint-by-numbers quality.

Mar 20, 2009 | Full Review…

Part of the reason why Crossing Over doesn't work is that too many of the hurdles [director] Kramer places in front of his protagonists often feel like the product of a writer's imagination instead of real-life experiences.

Mar 19, 2009 | Rating: 2/4

Audience Reviews for Crossing Over


A really good movie with Harrison Ford. It's been a long time since I could utter those words.

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

Harrison Ford the whip cracking hero of old can hardly pick a good film to save himself these days but Crossing Over is decent effort. He plays an immigration officer controlling the border of Mexico but his job is only a small part of the bigger picture of immigrants entering America. The film is similiar to "Crash" and "Traffic" in that, there are many characters who intertwine in each others lives and the impact the decisions they make have on others. It's not as good as the previous films mentioned but a decent effort and some good performances by Ford and a real sleazy Ray Liotta.

Mark Walker
Mark Walker

Super Reviewer


Harrison Ford plays an immigration officer and movie shows different cases that are handled everyday. Was I touched, not in the slightest. Becoming a legal citizen of any country requires more then just hitting US Soil, and the Bill of Rights and US Constitution touch on immigration in no way. Overall movie worth 3 stars but will add another 1/2

Bruce Bruce
Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

I wasn't expecting another Crash from Crossing Over, and I didn't get another Crash. Crossing Over follows a number of people and their troubles with immigration issues. Harrison Fird headlines, with Ray Liotta and Ashley Judd among the supporting cast. Ford is an ICE officer named Brogan, whose partner (Cliff Curtis), an Arabic guy whose sister (Alice Braga) works at a printing shop that makes fake Green Cards, ID's, and the like. Claire (Alice Eve) is discovered having a couple of these things by Ray Liotta's character, who cons her into having an affair with him. Ashley Judd plays Liotta's wife, who is trying her best to solve an issue involing a Muslim girl supposedly sympathizing with those who caused 9/11. Meanwhile, Jim Sturgess successfully does nothing as a Jewish atheist. Confused? Don't be. The story is fairly simple to follow. The only fault I have is with Jim Sturgess, who is for the most part unconnected with any of the other characters. The acting is very good, Harrison Ford reminded me of John Hartigan (of Sin City). Cliff Curtis gave a great performance too, I don't understand why he isn't on the A-List yet. Ray Liotta gives a scummy performance, as a total creep. Ashley Judd is good too. If you're looking for the successor to Crash, Crossing Over isn't it. But if you're up for a pretty good film that discusses an issue that never tires, I'd recommend this.

Cassandra Maples
Cassandra Maples

Super Reviewer

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