Crossing Over Reviews

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November 17, 2011
August 23, 2010
July 31, 2009
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.
July 31, 2009
For anyone who felt that Crash was too subtle and self-effacing, I recommend Crossing Over, a multi-stranded, heavy handed exploration of the issues surrounding immigration and US citizenship.
July 31, 2009
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.
July 31, 2009
Well-acted but increasingly either melodramatic or just plain dull.
December 10, 2018
These stories might seem too coincidental and even preposterous. It wouldn't have mattered had they been well-told.
January 2, 2018
It's all too conventional, a prosaic melodrama composed of characters who turn out to be strictly good or evil. We already know that immigrants are exploited. Crossing Over tries to tell us that once again, while compounding the offence.
October 7, 2015
While Mr. Kramer does seem to believe in the decency of his characters, their individual stories eventually become so far-fetched that, in the end, they are virtually indistinguishable from Hollywood baloney.
April 4, 2011
December 31, 2010
Multicultural hot pot boils over into farce.
August 4, 2009
The film manages to sustain a general air of dull preachiness without ever having much to say for itself.
August 4, 2009
It's compassionate, decent-minded and highly watchable, but as angry, heavy-handed and overemphatic as a rubber stamp crashing down on an immigration form.
July 31, 2009
Being over-stuffed and heavy-handed are not even Crossing Over's biggest problems. That dubious honour goes to an absolute failure to address its nominal subject-matter in any meaningful way.
July 31, 2009
While the film certainly has some viable, provocative points to make about the US's attitudes to migrants and the labyrinthine horrors of getting citizenship, it lacks the subtlety and eloquence it really needs to succeed.
July 31, 2009
The whole exercise feels exploitative.
July 31, 2009
Crossing Over builds purposefully before derailing completely in its finale.
July 31, 2009
Although it has moments of poignancy, his sledgehammer approach is sometimes off-putting and risible.
July 31, 2009
Hampered by wayward direction and a skin-deep script, this won't be following Crash to the Academy podium. If you loved Haggis' Oscar victor, you might squeeze an iota of enlightenment out of Kramer's copycat melodrama.
July 31, 2009
Writer-director Wayne Kramer insists on trying to tell us all the way through what we should feel. Yet, by the end, it's not clear what he's trying to say: are U.S. immigration laws unfair, unnecessary or badly enforced?
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