Human Flow (2017)


Critic Consensus: Epic in scope yet clear-eyed and intimate, Human Flow offers a singularly expansive -- and sobering -- perspective on the global refugee crisis.


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Artist, activist and director Ai Weiwei captures the global refugee crisis--the greatest human displacement since World War II--in this breathtakingly epic film journey HUMAN FLOW.

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In beautiful visual language, Ai Weiwei conveys the stark horror and brutalist logic of the choices people make when stuck between a rock and a hard place -- or a war and abject poverty.

Nov 28, 2018 | Full Review…

The scattershot and lengthy documentary doesn't attempt to be a news report...but the cumulative impact of its often haunting images brings home the plight of millions of the world's people.

Dec 7, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

The imagery encourages viewers to adopt a global perspective in considering the subject matter.

Nov 16, 2017 | Full Review…

It does not browbeat or preach, it simply shows, and what it shows is overwhelming.

Nov 10, 2017 | Rating: A | Full Review…
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Ai's film becomes more digressive than discursive. Rather than contending with the information saturation around the crisis, Human Flow falls prey to it. Footage is layered without clear logic, poetic or narrative.

Oct 31, 2017 | Full Review…

The film is all the more powerful for being so calm and unhurried. Ai doesn't castigate or preach. He doesn't have to. The facts, the images, speak for themselves. Instead, he bears witness.

Oct 26, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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