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El Norte Reviews

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½ November 20, 2016
Brother and sister, poor and dreaming, from south of the border. Towards the american dream, hard, harsh, bloody and treacherous, yet its touchable if your are willing to sacrifice everything.
December 12, 2014
Harrowing and tragic, El Norte delivers with raw emotional power.
October 14, 2014
This is a story about a brother and sister who are poor in Mexico. They are Native Americans and because of this they are looked down on by most other Mexicans. After a tragedy the siblings decide to travel north to america. This not only a story about their journey, but also about what they do once in america. A great story, they just want to live their lives with out people treating them like trash. They are hear working and smart. The movie is a tear jerker, very well done and worth watching.
August 19, 2014
Marvelous, gritty, sensitive portrayal of the immigrant experience. Essential viewing before opining on "the illegal problem".
June 21, 2014
With powerful performances from its two leads, stellar filmmaking, and pointed direction, El Norte feels all too real for a fictional story. Even at its broadest and darkest moments, Gregory Nava never fails at making the film seem like an extremely close and personal work.
½ May 21, 2014
An overly melodramatic portrayal of two guatemalan siblings running from their government first to mexico & finally to LA, where the american dream is as fragile as a phone call from a disgruntled coworker for illegal workers.
April 10, 2014
It's predictable and heavy-handed, but the ultimate message of the oppression of the immigrant and the death of the American dream due to our corrupt capitalist system makes "El Norte" required viewing for anyone leaning towards a conservative viewpoint on immigration reform.
June 29, 2013
An extremely heart wrenching, realistic portrayal of the struggles that illegal immigrants must go through in the United States. Powerful social commentary and honest emotion makes this a film that's not easy to forget, and it's very hard to not be changed walking out of this film. Beautiful, tragic, and poetic, this is a film that makes you think about the harsh realities that their lives must face.
June 3, 2013
It really makes you realize how blessed you are.
April 15, 2013
deeply thought-provoking. It's such an important film with an important message yet so well done.
April 13, 2013
An overlong social drama film about oppression.
April 1, 2013
A milestone film that was one of the first to tell the story of illegal immigration from the perspective of the immigrants themselves, this is a powerful and moving story despite some amateurish acting and occasionally heavy-handed dialogue.
½ March 6, 2013
Still powerful and, sadly, still relevant.
½ February 18, 2013
The simple story of a brother and sister who escape their oppressive home in Guatemala and make their way North to Mexico and eventually past the border into the US, and learn to live in America illegally and overcome their cultural differences. The scene in the sewage tunnel with the rats is horrific. I think the movie is pretty good on the whole, even if it isn't terribly complex.
February 16, 2013
A heartwarming story that proves that immigrating to America illegally is only half the battle. And while the natural beauty of the main characters' Guatemala didn't include the persecution, the disparity between the third world and the first was most prevalent in the middle-ground. Still, an interesting look into priorities and the challenges involved with trying to get a better life.
January 17, 2013
The fights scenes were unbelievable but the story, THE STORY WAS AMAZING. You would think that you wouldn't be interested in this sort of film (especially since most of it is in spanish) but if you can I highly recommend this film. You grew to love the characters, and the end of the film really made you think (you will experience depression after viewing this film.
December 29, 2012
October 4, 2012
Gut wrenching perspective on the plight of illegal immigrants.
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