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Le Havre Reviews

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William Goss
Film.com
October 28, 2011
A slog of old-fashioned ideals and utter non-whimsy.
Donald Clarke
Irish Times
April 5, 2012
No other director could maintain this degree of optimism while telling such a superficially grim story.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Phil Coldiron
Slant Magazine
October 2, 2011
Kaurismäki's style throughout remains, as ever, resolutely direct in its clean lines and saturated color.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Simon Miraudo
Quickflix
January 17, 2012
[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 | Original Score: 4/5
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
November 3, 2011
The film is especially comforting if you love old movies, as Kaurismaki does.
December 14, 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 | Original Score: 7/10
Paul Huckerby
Electric Sheep
April 4, 2012
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.
Martin Tsai
Critic's Notebook
October 7, 2015
"Le Havre" is easily the most humanist, generous and hopeful movie in recent memory.
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
December 2, 2011
'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.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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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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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
October 20, 2011
"Le Havre" stands on its own fragile but considerable merits.
Andrew Schenker
The L Magazine
October 18, 2011
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.
Alex Zane
The Sun (UK)
April 6, 2012
Written and directed by Finland's Aki Kaurismäki, this warmly engaging film is an understated pleasure about a surprisingly resourceful underdog.
Clint O'Connor
Cleveland Plain Dealer
January 13, 2012
A charming film that celebrates humanity.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
November 9, 2011
It's a straightforward yet completely artificial scenario, with welcome overtones of Italian Neo-Realism.
Fernando F. Croce
House Next Door
September 10, 2011
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.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
October 18, 2011
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.
Keith Cohen
Entertainment Spectrum
December 30, 2011
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
December 8, 2011
It's a puzzle, and an intriguing one.
| Original Score: 3/4
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph (UK)
April 5, 2012
Kaurismäki clearly knows this is a fantasy, and it's a perfectly pleasant one at that.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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