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Le Havre Reviews

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Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
November 19, 2011
Kaurismäki can almost restore your hope in humanity.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
James Verniere
Boston Herald
November 11, 2011
Kaurismaki dives into French film culture in 'Le Havre'
Full Review | Original Score: A minus
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
November 10, 2011
The Finnish director's sense of humor is dry and dark as pitch, as he consistently finds moments of absurdity in the midst of strife and tragedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
November 10, 2011
You almost become a citizen of Le Havre, watching this film and rejoicing at the end as two newfound, unexpected friends share a drink.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
November 10, 2011
Kaurismäki wrote the script, I think, with secret credit from Mother Goose and some fabric softener.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
November 10, 2011
"Le Havre" is a small bit of movie magic, a story that plays more as a fable even as it deals with something as topical as immigration.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
November 9, 2011
It's a straightforward yet completely artificial scenario, with welcome overtones of Italian Neo-Realism.
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
November 8, 2011
Unlike the director's typical hero, Wilms's spare performance conveys confidence rather than defeat. He and the kid warm the heart, thawing Kaurismäki's usual icy aplomb.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Bruce Kirkland
Jam! Movies
November 4, 2011
Heart-wrenching but ultimately inspirational.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
November 4, 2011
Le Havre is not the filmmaker's best work (see La Vie de Bohème for that), but no matter the storm, we should be grateful to dock in this port.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
November 3, 2011
The film is especially comforting if you love old movies, as Kaurismaki does.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
November 3, 2011
Does Kaurismaki believe in his own fairy tale? The movie, a humble delight, suggests the answer is yes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
November 3, 2011
An exceeding droll comedy from Finnish master Aki Kaurismaki, whose dark worldview is balanced by a deep empathy for his blue-collar characters.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
October 31, 2011
An easygoing story of human relationships with a sharp political comment about European immigration.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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William Goss
Film.com
October 28, 2011
A slog of old-fashioned ideals and utter non-whimsy.
Geoff Berkshire
Metromix.com
October 21, 2011
So breezy that once the film ends, it simply drifts away
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Leonard Maltin
Leonard Maltin's Picks
October 21, 2011
If the story outline seems simple, it is; this movie is all about attitude and style. The shabby-genteel hero, who has a keen sense of irony, and the people who help him...
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
October 21, 2011
If the name Aki Kaurismäki doesn't mean anything to you, it should, and "Le Havre" may be the film to make it happen.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
October 21, 2011
"Le Havre'' is warm-hearted and uplifting, without being schmaltzy or preachy. And, with its illegal-alien theme, it's dead-on timely.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
October 21, 2011
No one looks at the world quite like Kaurismäki, and his deadpan sentimentality is worth discovery. This is a good place to start.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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