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Le Havre Reviews

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William Goss
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A slog of old-fashioned ideals and utter non-whimsy.

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October 28, 2011
Donald Clarke
Irish Times

No other director could maintain this degree of optimism while telling such a superficially grim story.

Full Review Source: Irish Times | Original Score: 4/5

April 5, 2012
Phil Coldiron
Slant Magazine

Kaurismäki's style throughout remains, as ever, resolutely direct in its clean lines and saturated color.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 2, 2011
Simon Miraudo

[It's] a movie that - like fellow 2011 Cannes entry The Kid With A Bike - is all about generosity of spirit and the cosmic rewards afforded those who live compassionately.

Full Review Source: Quickflix | Original Score: 4/5

January 17, 2012
Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
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The film is especially comforting if you love old movies, as Kaurismaki does.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

November 3, 2011

While the film never reaches any hugely profound revelations with its parable-styled stories of compassion and community, and occasionally feels a little slight, it's also enormously enjoyable and gorgeous to watch.

Full Review Source: DCist | Original Score: 7/10

December 14, 2011
Paul Huckerby
Electric Sheep

Such a heart-warming tale in any other hands could so easily become schmaltzy (a Spielberg remake would be awful), but the deadpan delivery and endless idiosyncrasies counterbalance this tendency.

Full Review Source: Electric Sheep

April 4, 2012
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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'Tis the season, so the saying goes. And when it comes to Aki Kaurismäki, it holds true. The Finnish writer-director arrives bearing a gift wrapped in a contemporary immigration fable.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3.5/4

December 2, 2011
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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Does Kaurismaki believe in his own fairy tale? The movie, a humble delight, suggests the answer is yes.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 3, 2011
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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"Le Havre" stands on its own fragile but considerable merits.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

October 20, 2011
Andrew Schenker
The L Magazine

In just a few minutes of screen time, the film establishes that specifically Kaurismäkian world of sad-sack losers, humorously incongruous but uncommented-upon presences, and the director's trademark careful attention to visages.

Full Review Source: The L Magazine

October 18, 2011
Alex Zane
Sun Online

Written and directed by Finland's Aki Kaurismäki, this warmly engaging film is an understated pleasure about a surprisingly resourceful underdog.

Full Review Source: Sun Online

April 6, 2012
Clint O'Connor
Cleveland Plain Dealer

A charming film that celebrates humanity.

Full Review Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer | Original Score: B

January 13, 2012
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

It's a straightforward yet completely artificial scenario, with welcome overtones of Italian Neo-Realism.

Full Review Source: East Bay Express

November 9, 2011
Fernando F. Croce
House Next Door

As usual, camera moves, cuts, and gestures are boiled down to the essential, with emotion so concentrated as to give the impression of no emotion at all.

Full Review Source: House Next Door

September 10, 2011
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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Aki Kaurismaki carves out another comically enchanted movie oasis from the real world where people can rise to the occasion and do the right things.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

October 18, 2011
Keith Cohen
Entertainment Spectrum

The movie never wears out its welcome with an efficient 93-minute running time. Besides the four principal characters, the supporting cast makes an impression playing a grocer, a baker, a tavern owner and Marcel's best buddy from Vietnam. It also...

Full Review Source: Entertainment Spectrum | Original Score: 3/4

December 30, 2011
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

It's a puzzle, and an intriguing one.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 3/4

December 8, 2011
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph

Kaurismäki clearly knows this is a fantasy, and it's a perfectly pleasant one at that.

Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph | Original Score: 3/5

April 5, 2012
Anton Bitel

A charming feel-good fantasy of 'Marxist' solidarity resurgent against the chill of post-9/11 modernity.

Full Review Source: Film4

April 5, 2012
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