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  • 75
    Jonathan Curiel San Francisco Chronicle

    Has two main flaws: the emphasis it puts on German bassist Alexander Hacke, the film's ostensible narrator, who shows up in too many scenes, and the fact that it doesn't identify many of the film's performers until the very end. Even so, Crossing the Bridge is satisfying to watch. show more

  • 75
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    It's hard to imagine what Akin left unexplored - but here's hoping he'll share his discoveries if he ever returns. show more

  • 60
    The Hollywood Reporter

    This musical documentary likely will find its major audience in Germany, where the immigrant-minority Turk citizenry will take to its array of sounds, smears and social commentary as cultural nourishment. show more

  • 88
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    You'll feel lucky for such a comprehensive introduction to Turkish music. show more

  • 88
    Glenn Kenny Premiere

    But after surveying pop and rock hybrids, Akin and Hacke go deeper. You will be very happy indeed to make the acquaintance of such Turkish music luminaries as Orhan Gencebay and Sezen Aksu, whose stories and personalities are as fascinating as their music. show more

  • 75
    V.A. Musetto New York Post

    More than just a musical primer. It's also a valentine to the city on the Bosporus, the strait that separates Istanbul's Asian and European sides. show more

  • 50
    Marrit Ingman Austin Chronicle

    The movie doesn't quite add up beyond its performances. show more

  • 75
    Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly

    As filmmaking, the docu is only travel-diary so-so. But the chance to experience the machine-gun rhymes of ''the Turkish Eminem'' - a young man called Ceza - is priceless. show more

  • 75
    Bill White Seattle Post-Intelligencer

    With adventurous forays into questionable neighborhoods and stimulating tours through street markets, "Crossing the Bridge" is about the city as much as its music. show more

  • 80
    Andrew O'Hehir

    Whatever you think you know about Turkey, Crossing the Bridge will change your mind. With a dynamite album of music from the film in simultaneous release, I smell a "Buena Vista"-style crossover hit. show more

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