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Based on 5 Reviews
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  • 75
    V.A. Musetto New York Post

    Anne Coesens, wife of the film's director, Olivier Masset-Depasse, gives a strong performance as Tania. show more

  • 60
    Joshua Rothkopf Time Out New York

    Illegal has caused a stir in Belgium, and the sincerity of the movie can't be denied. But there's little emotion to hold on to, apart from a mother's impotent concern about her wayward teenage son (Gontcharov), still on the outside. show more

  • 70

    A prolonged stay in a Belgian immigration detention center causes more than a few chinks in the armor of a strong-willed Russian femme in Illegal, Olivier Masset-Depasse's fascinating study of perseverance in the face of subhuman treatment. show more

  • 50
    Manohla Dargis The New York Times

    One problem is that while Mr. Masset-Depasse frames Tania's status in vague political terms, he doesn't make an argument. Instead he creates heroes and villains in what is, by turns, a prison flick, a psychological thriller and a maternal melodrama. show more

  • 40
    Melissa Anderson Village Voice

    Blunt, loud, and showboaty, Illegal suffers even more when compared with another recent Liège-set film about the horrors faced by paperless immigrants: the Dardennes' "Lorna's Silence." show more

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