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Who Is Dayani Cristal? Reviews

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Alan Laidlaw
The List
July 22, 2014
The ill-conceived structure and Bernal's anomalous presence sadly diminishes the impact of the material.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Kenji Fujishima
Slant Magazine
April 21, 2014
As informative, revealing, and occasionally poignant as some of the unearthed revelations are, the doc is ultimately hampered by a level of self-congratulation that nearly undoes its effectiveness as an activist polemic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Brian Tallerico
Film Threat
April 24, 2013
Immigration has been a hot-button subject matter for film, especially the kind of doc films that play at Sundance, for years. The problem with Who is Dayani Cristal? is that it simply doesn't add enough to the conversation to make it memorable.
| Original Score: 3.0/5.0
Fred Topel
January 30, 2013
There's a really good documentary in Who Is Dayani Cristal?, or perhaps there is a strong narrative if they focused on it, but given the problematic nature of the narrative segments, I'm going to go with the documentary portion.
Full Review | Original Score: 4 out of 10
Kim Newman
Empire Magazine
July 24, 2014
Bernal does his best to bring the film's detective work alive, but the presence of a big star somewhat overbalances this tragic story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Daphne Howland
Village Voice
April 22, 2014
The cinematography is exquisite and sometimes it alone moves the story.
Jamie S. Rich
July 25, 2014
...tackles some of the more difficult aspects of U.S. immigration policy. Bernal's portions are less compelling than the more strict reportage, but illuminating all the same.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Stefan Pape
July 31, 2014
Who is Dayani Cristal? marks an accomplished sophomore feature film for Silver that is sure to upset and compel in equal measure.
Full Review | Original Score: 3
Sophie Monks Kaufman
Little White Lies
July 24, 2014
Leaves a legacy of tenacious empathy for dead migrant workers.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Donald Clarke
Irish Times
July 25, 2014
It gets at the heart. But we also learn sober truths.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Siobhan Synnot
July 21, 2014
Part detective story, part earnest inquiry into a human rights crisis, Marc Silver's documentary is correctly outraged, if sometimes lacking focus.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Nicolas Rapold
New York Times
April 24, 2014
With its compellingly multifaceted approach, its earnest compassion and a celebrity presence in the form of the actor Gael García Bernal, the documentary could be enlisted in the perennial battle over immigration law.
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
July 24, 2014
We learn the cruelty of a system of hope in which the longing for a better life is the bait to lure people to an untimely death.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kevin Harley
Total Film
July 21, 2014
Bernal seems sincere but he's playing a role he can step out of, which distracts from Silver's deeper ambitions: to humanise and anatomise a heated political issue.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
July 23, 2014
This doc attempts to put a human face on the statistics, not only following the grisly day-to-day of American officials dealing with the bodies, but also exploring the dead man's rural Honduran background.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
April 23, 2014
A heart-wrenching documentary that reenacts the journey of a Honduras migrant who died in the Arizona desert and the compassionate actions of those who identified his body and provided closure for his family.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rich Cline
July 25, 2014
Actor-producer Gael Garcia Bernal takes a strikingly complex look at the timely issue of human migration from Central America to the United States, which is rarely depicted with such honest humanity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Stella Papamichael
Digital Spy
July 25, 2014
The man, whose chest is tattooed with the name Dayani Cristal, may be a victim of circumstance, but he is also treated by the filmmakers as a hero on a quest.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Harvey S. Karten
April 16, 2014
A heartbreaking tale of migrants from Central America who risk their lives to cross into the U.S., some dying annually in the Arizona desert.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
April 24, 2014
The focus of the film may be the deadly dangers of illegal border crossings, but its true subject is ordinary people and the things they'll do for the ones they love.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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