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Human Flow Reviews

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
December 8, 2017
Beautifully filmed testimonies that tear at your soul.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 7, 2017
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
December 7, 2017
Difficult, but hugely important film-making.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 7, 2017
An ambitious, humane and often shocking cine-essay on the subject of migrants and the 21st century migrant condition.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 16, 2017
The imagery encourages viewers to adopt a global perspective in considering the subject matter.
November 10, 2017
It does not browbeat or preach, it simply shows, and what it shows is overwhelming.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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 26, 2017
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 20, 2017
Ai Weiwei has made something beautiful: Human Flow is neither indulgent nor pedantic, but clear-eyed in its view of the enormity of the crisis too vast for most of us to comprehend.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 19, 2017
An artful, solemn globe-hop epic of the refugee crisis with an unfortunate cast of millions.
October 18, 2017
Weiwei doesn't break any new ground in covering the global refugee crisis, but he vividly illustraes - in straightforward yet artistic terms - the scale of the problem without compromising the dignity or humanity of the survivors.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 13, 2017
Ai [Weiwei] clearly wants to take a macro view of an impossible problem, to find some clarity in abstraction. But whenever he just talks to the refugees face to face, we learn more than any drone shot could tell us.
Top Critic
October 13, 2017
Human Flow leaves us wondering what will become of this lost generation, stranded without home or schooling or work, if or when they run out of hope and turn to anger or despair.
October 13, 2017
Ai is intent on contrasting the intimate with the intimidating. The sheer mass, the never-ending flow, threatens to overwhelm us. And that, one suspects, is the decisive point.
October 13, 2017
A towering achievement from one of the world's foremost champions of human rights. Its subject matter may be overwhelmingly bleak, but its call for unity is profoundly invigorating.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
October 12, 2017
This movie, a testament to the power of seeing, provides a long and uncommonly vivid look at a human crisis that's changing the face of our planet.
October 12, 2017
Mr. Ai's ambition in "Human Flow" is as expansive as his reach and his apparently deep-pocketed resources.
October 12, 2017
The film is long ... but the cumulative effect is not exhaustion or boredom, but rather sorrow and outrage at the violence, economic despair and persecution - whether religious, ethnic or political - that have driven these people from their homes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 11, 2017
In this respect, Human Flow stuns: It reveals the full breadth of a catastrophe that we might usually think of as piecemeal.
October 10, 2017
There have been a number of gripping "you are there" films about refugees over the past few years, but Human Flow distinguishes itself from the pack with how handsome it looks.
Full Review | Original Score: B
October 6, 2017
Ai simply bears witness in a film that, like many of his sculptural pieces, establishes a creative tension between its giant scale and its individual pieces.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 5, 2017
Cinema may be a machine designed to produce empathy, but this is the rare film that reckons with how hard it can be to sustain it.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
September 2, 2017
This is angry, thoughtful, straightforward activist journalism: blunt, simple and impossible to ignore.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 1, 2017
Ai Weiwei's camera shows us the enormity of the problem - now it's our turn to do something.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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.
August 31, 2017
[A] long, engrossing, visually stunning documentary ...