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Crossing Over Reviews

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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.
December 31, 2010
Multicultural hot pot boils over into farce.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
August 4, 2009
The film manages to sustain a general air of dull preachiness without ever having much to say for itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
July 31, 2009
The whole exercise feels exploitative.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
July 31, 2009
Well-acted but increasingly either melodramatic or just plain dull.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
July 31, 2009
Crossing Over builds purposefully before derailing completely in its finale.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
July 31, 2009
Although it has moments of poignancy, his sledgehammer approach is sometimes off-putting and risible.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
July 31, 2009
The whole thing's about as enjoyable as a holiday to Guantanamo Bay. Less a movie and more a two-hour finger wag.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
July 31, 2009
You can be too right-on. And that's the problem with this smug Hollywood multi-strand drama about immigration that sweats self-righteousness from every pore.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
July 31, 2009
As with many multi-character pieces, it's somewhat unbalanced by its competing storylines, and its lapses into sentimentality seem inevitable, but Kramer deserves credit for taking on a touchy subject.
July 31, 2009
Some stories are more convincing than others in this sprawling blend of thriller, melodrama and social drama.
July 31, 2009
The script is occasionally heavy-handed, but its range of immigration experiences is impressive and you forgive the odd bit of speechifying because the storytelling is both engaging and provocative.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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