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  • 63
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Kramer takes on a hot, unwieldy topic in Crossing Over -- the dream that immigrants have of U.S. citizenship and the nightmare of achieving it, especially with shortcuts. I'm sure Kramer will be picked to pieces for trying something while Hollywood crap climbs the box office ladder. There are all kinds of nightmares. show more

  • 25
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    A mess. show more

  • 50
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    There is undoubtedly a good movie in the varied experiences of American newcomers. But it would need to involve sagas more urgent and more original. show more

  • 10
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Wayne Kramer's interlocking saga of immigration in 21st-century America definitely crosses over, from workaday mediocrity to distinctive dreadfulness. show more

  • 63
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    Harrison Ford - in his best role in years - and Cliff Curtis are the main reasons to see the film. show more

  • 40
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    Writer-director Wayne Kramer adds what could be called mainstream threads to his messy script, but the result is simplistic across the board. show more

  • 30
    The Hollywood Reporter

    The film plays like a garish melodrama that reproduces the most ham-fisted, polemical aspects of "Crash." show more

  • 63
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Some of these stories are fascinating and some are heartbreaking, but together they seem too contrived. show more

  • 63
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    Enough things in Crossing Over work to keep the film from becoming a bore, but this is a definite step down from Kramer's past efforts, "The Cooler" and "Running Scared." show more

  • 50
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    The movie expresses honest concern for the plight of so many newcomers to America, legal or illegal. What it lacks is moment-to-moment credibility. show more

  • June 07, 2011 boyddhunter
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    It was a powerful, moving story about our country\'s immigrqation policies, which on the one hand have to be in place for security purposes, and the human trajedy of enforcment in some ************* when families are split/ripped apart.; ie the deportation of one parent and one sibling to Iraq, never to see her two siblings or her father agai And the crushing ending when the young mother who was deported by Harrison Ford, who then finds her son and brings him to his grandparents in Mexico; all the while trying to re-unite mother and son, only to find out she died trying to cross the desert and sneak into the nUS on foot. My maternal grandparents were Italian immigrants who couldn\'t read, write, or speak English when they arrived on Ellis Island, but made the most of their opportunities and earned their respect based on hard work, familal values (11 kids to work the fileds). You coukld appreciate thendpt mof Homeland \'security\'s perspoective, and how some of the immigrants needed to be sent back. I thought it was awesome. Charlie Boyd

  • November 08, 2009 elangdon8995
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    What a cast! Too bad though. Couldn'******* the whole movie. I guess Hollywood cannot produce a product without their far left slant..

  • April 03, 2009 tusaints
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    A fast paced absorbing film depicting the many faces of immigration. It graphically shows how it impacts people in ways we spend little time considering. This was multi-faced and multi-faceted film worthy of anyone's time and money. c e st john

  • March 17, 2009 ORIT20
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    loved it!!!

  • March 07, 2009 CHFNY
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    It's hard to believe that Kenneth Turan - the Los Angeles Times critic - saw the same movie I did. Perhaps if he is not into women he was offended by the nudity of the Australian actress with the perfect body and face. I doubt that any straight men were. And it didn't bother me, because the contrast was startling when she was nude and Ray Liotta was fully dressed. She played her part well, and the point here, which Kenneth Turan missed, is that she was physically perfect, very talented, and driven - she had everything it took to succeed, so she did not have to grovel to that extent to become a successful actress. The point was that people lose perspective when trying to become legal citizens, just as the Korean kid did. It is an instructive movie meant to scare illegals into taking the correct legal steps. However, I disagree that ICE is that efficient in reality. If so, we don't hear about it, they keep it carefully covered up. Why would ICE cover it up if they managed to catch every single person doing something illegal (except the English actor who was lucky enough to encounter a manipulative, opportunistic rabbi).

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