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Human Flow Reviews

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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]
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 31, 2017
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.
October 13, 2017
But Ai has failed in the most important mission of an artist: to make us question the world we live in. What Human Flow doesn't do is make us ask why we have a world that has produced so many refugees in the first place.
December 21, 2017
... Human Flow, despite its efforts and comprehensiveness, is at best a sketch...
February 9, 2018
Human Flow is just an indulgent art work that will get a limited cinema release.
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]
October 26, 2017
We never remain long enough with any one person to get more than a cursory idea of their story, and so over the course of the film's 140 minute runtime, we end up with a sense of the crisis as a tragedy, yes, but a choral, abstract one.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
March 16, 2018
What he shows us is tragic and horrifying, but he offers no possible solutions and nothing much in the way of analysis.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
March 17, 2018
The problem with Ai Weiwei's turgid film is that rather than make a convincing documentary that explores an issue, he's sculpted a piece of artsy agit-prop with stark cinematography, endless shots of dour-looking displaced people and a simplistic agenda.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
August 31, 2017
There's nothing especially distinctive about the package, nothing to tell you this is the work of the most recognizable living artist of the moment.
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
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.
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
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
January 25, 2018
Whatever its occasional flaws ... Human Flow must be seen, reminding us of our common, if fractured, humanity.
February 21, 2018
It's an ambitious, expansive project, and it's clear that Weiwei has poured his heart and soul into it so that we can see the hearts and souls of the millions affected by this devastation.
October 27, 2017
The transgression of borders by an endless storm of exiles not only exposes violence and the state of emergency in various parts of the globe, but the perpetual quest to preserve life. [Full review in Spanish]
November 27, 2017
Far from the temptation of anecdotes, [Human Flow] is constructed as a mosaic of personal and community histories, with the strength of the a present that is forged every day before our eyes. [Full Review in Spanish]
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