Human Flow Reviews

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June 4, 2020
[The refugees'] situation is extreme, the risks dire, and they're real people. Was it obscene to parade them for my consumption, or was my irritation at his constantly inserting himself into the frame like Hitchcock beside the point?
May 19, 2020
[A] movie that is impossible to shake and will hopefully force you to see the world in a very different light. Well worth your time.
March 30, 2020
Human Flow's primary goals are to create awareness about the refugee crisis and instill empathy for those affected, and the documentary is successful on both fronts.
March 23, 2020
By making it clear that those who find themselves in these situations are all ordinary people just like us, Ai Weiwei brings home the sheer, unthinkable monstrousness of their predicament.
January 16, 2020
Ai's film, like his art, moves in contrapuntal stanzas between showing the scale of the immigration crisis and its individual victims.
October 18, 2019
At once inspiring and heartbreaking.
July 22, 2019
'Human Flow' is a piece as imperfect as indispensable.[Full Review in Spanish]
May 18, 2019
Arrive(s) at an almost instinctual balance of macro and micro perspectives that forms an experience both epic and intimate.
April 26, 2019
[It] does not present much new information about the current refugee crisis but it does allow the artist/activist to present his own views on this subject, and give voice to some of those swept up in that human tide.
February 19, 2019
At 140 minutes, Human Flow runs a little long, and there are a few too many superfluous interludes. But that doesn't stop it from being a very moving piece that will go down as one of 2017's most important documentaries.
December 25, 2018
Human Flow is not an easy film to watch. It feels like an accusation, a condemnation.
November 28, 2018
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.
October 31, 2018
Human Flow is a remarkable film, vast in scope, but pondering the nature of humanity in a world of vast movement and change.
August 26, 2018
The camera in Human Flow lingers on people as they walk, hold their young children, tell their stories, and often cry, and it becomes incredibly difficult for the audience not to address their reactions to it.
August 20, 2018
It is an immersive and often straightforward travelogue, one that lingers on faces and bodies in motion, not particularly academic but always engrossing.
May 9, 2018
At an epic two and a half hours, this documentary is a little exhausting. But the topic is compelling for anyone who feels compassion for refugees.
April 12, 2018
Ai Weiwei films himself amidst scenes of catastrophe in a gesture that limits the profundity of the geopolitical investigation of the documentary. [Full Review in Spanish]
April 10, 2018
Despite the enormous work of the documentation and the production, there's an obvious imbalance in Human Flow, the documentary equivalent of preaching to the choir... [Full Review in Spanish]
April 3, 2018
Full of people, places and data, the film aspires to be a global vision of the refugee problem... Despite this, and you may know why, it does not have the same impact as the artists's other work. [Full review in Spanish]
April 2, 2018
A necessary and exhausting revision of the global refugee crisis... 65 million who have fled their countries due to civil wars, extremism, violence, misery or even global warming. [Full review in Spanish]
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