Human Flow Reviews

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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.
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.
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.
December 10, 2017
Through brief but intimate exchanges, Ai brings the individuals behind the statistics into focus.
December 8, 2017
Beautifully filmed testimonies that tear at your soul.
December 8, 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.
December 8, 2017
Difficult, but hugely important film-making.
December 7, 2017
Ai Weiwei's magnificent documentary stands as a companion piece to the BBC's series, Exodus: Our Journey To Europe.
December 7, 2017
An ambitious, humane and often shocking cine-essay on the subject of migrants and the 21st century migrant condition.
December 7, 2017
Although maybe a little naive in places, this is an unflinching record of a cry of anguish that has to be heard and acted upon. Everyone needs to see this.
December 6, 2017
Weiwei turns feature documentarist to portray the global landslide - the molten movement of human masses - that is today's historical moment and reality.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
October 19, 2017
An artful, solemn globe-hop epic of the refugee crisis with an unfortunate cast of millions.
October 19, 2017
Solutions would be welcome, but it's not really the fault of the film for not having the answers. Human Flow at least opens the tap for global inspection.
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.
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