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Based on 31 Reviews
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  • 25
    C.W. Nevius San Francisco Chronicle

    A film with its heart in the right place. Unfortunately, its head is stuck so far in the clouds that it dissolves into preachy do- gooder mush. show more

  • 50
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Angelina Jolie slums her way through Beyond Borders, a film that telegraphs its plot and then drags ploddingly, its humane spirit obscured by an inane script and Jolie's implausible character. show more

  • 20
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    A sudsless soap opera with human misery as a backdrop for romantic banality. show more

  • 50
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    My advice: Skip Beyond Borders and write a check to the Red Cross or Doctors Without Borders. show more

  • 38
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    Of this much I'm sure: It's an awful movie. show more

  • 40
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    Even assuming the best possible motives by its makers, Beyond Borders runs the risk of making human suffering exotic while glamorizing white disaster relief workers in the Third World. show more

  • 63
    Megan Lehmann New York Post

    Makes an earnest stab at illustrating the hardships and sacrifices humanitarian workers contend with - but in the end, all the suffering merely forms an amorphous backdrop for a Harlequin romance. show more

  • 50
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    When the suffering of real children is used to enhance the image of movie stars who fall in love against the backdrop of their suffering, a certain decency is lacking. Beyond Borders wants it both ways -- glamor up front, and human misery in the background to lend it poignancy. show more

  • 50
    Mark Caro Chicago Tribune

    By throwing so much weight to the love story and increasingly contrived setups, the movie does what you secretly, guiltily hope it will do: It lets you off the hook. show more

  • 50
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    The film's heart is undoubtedly in the right place, but so what? Fine ideals don't mean much when they're couched in an inert, pointless storyline. show more

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