Reviews

Sep 22, 2014
The physical look of the movie is a revelation of a lost past.
Sep 12, 2014
The film, too, changes shape as it goes along, beginning as something resembling social realism before developing into an old-fashioned "woman's picture."
Sep 11, 2014
Gray's beautiful, dark film is a reminder of the difficulties faced by immigrants in any place and at any time.
Jun 11, 2014
The film is an achievement. Its complex reckoning of moral decency deserves a bigger audience.
Jun 6, 2014
Gray's movie is an almost flawlessly articulated example of the kind of thing we like to say they just don't make any more: serious, adult, character-driven and impassioned.
Jun 5, 2014
At times, Khondji's golden portraiture can make the characters seem encased in amber. But there's a tremendous payoff for the patient.
Jun 2, 2014
If the film were the pilot for an HBO series then you would probably stay tuned for the second episode. As a standalone film, it feels like very thin stuff.
Jun 2, 2014
One of "The Immigrant's" primary assets is its texture: a rich fabric of sights and sounds that evoke the look and feel of New York's underbelly in the early 20th century.
May 29, 2014
The Immigrant is two hours long, but I stayed even longer in my seat, through the credits, still in thrall to it all. The title is singular, but the scope is not so easily quantifiable.
May 29, 2014
An astonishingly beautiful, irresistibly grim movie ...
May 28, 2014
This is Gray's most mature work, and the picture raises Cotillard to a select pantheon.
May 23, 2014
It's a little freaky to watch Phoenix go at it, a smooth-talking beguiler who suddenly turns stumblebum. But there's nothing freakish about Cotillard.
May 23, 2014
It's the stuff of melodrama, elevated by Gray's sure hand and made more by Phoenix and Cotillard, lovers and haters and something beyond.
May 22, 2014
Steeped in period atmosphere, "The Immigrant" tells the story of one woman's struggle, and it is a struggle indeed, to find her way in a new country.
May 22, 2014
Gray, despite the rough edges, manages to meld decades of melodrama into a film that is at once simple and complex, morally black-and-white and psychologically ambiguous.
May 22, 2014
Gray directs this handsome and evocative film with emotional restraint, making its archetypal title character a living individual whose moral journey is never simple.
May 22, 2014
Its portrait of early 20th-century New York, a melting pot on a relentless simmer, feels wrenchingly real.
May 22, 2014
Beautifully shot (by Darius Khondji), designed, and performed, this may well be Gray's masterpiece.
May 22, 2014
From the Caruso serenade for the new arrivals at Ellis Island to the discordant reality on the other side of the golden door, "The Immigrant" has a ringing message: Succeeding in America is a dream act.
May 22, 2014
The Immigrant is the fourth collaboration between Gray and Phoenix, and it's their most fruitful to date.