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Human Flow Reviews

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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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 25, 2018
Human Flow is not an easy film to watch. It feels like an accusation, a condemnation.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.5/10
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 25, 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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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]
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
March 30, 2018
An ambitious amalgam of artist's film and political documentary, Human Flow is a grand meditation on how to cut through political apathy with solidarity and visual metaphor.
March 19, 2018
Not only does Human Flow succeed in its awareness-raising quest, but it also becomes exactly what Ai is best known for: a visually striking piece of art that contemplates a vital subject.
March 19, 2018
Convincingly and compellingly advocates for millions of lives, for action in a world of apathy, and for not only the free movement of people in need, but the flow of humanity towards them.
March 16, 2018
Its dazzling drone photography sends you gliding over vast expanses of ocean and desert yet the film itself leads to the inescapable conclusion that the world is shrinking.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 15, 2018
Ai Weiwei's epic study of the ever-worsening refugee crisis was shot in 23 countries over the course of a year, and while it differs from many this is nevertheless among the most moving and devastating chronicles of life you'll see in 2018.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
March 14, 2018
A humane documentary that opts to spread itself across many different countries and dramatise a visually immersive, ground-level viewpoint of the refugee crisis.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
March 14, 2018
While not strictly a documentary in its purest form, the end result is still a striking piece of reportage.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
March 12, 2018
A sort of living, breathing cine-thesis: a deeply humane documentary that is also rigorously authoritative.
March 9, 2018
Ai's subjects remain nameless and voiceless, viewed en masse. He often seems to overlook individuals in his attempt to underline the almost unimaginable magnitude of this crisis.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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