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Based on 26 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Kaurismäki stalwart Kati Outinen, as the old man's silent and ailing wife, is the key to the movie, even though she appears only sporadically. Something in her timid, understanding and impassive gaze, which is Kaurismäki's gaze as well, lets us know that she sees things in the old man that we don't see. show more

  • 80
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Le Havre stands on its own fragile but considerable merits. show more

  • 60
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    No one looks at the world quite like Kaurismäki, and his deadpan sentimentality is worth discovery. This is a good place to start. show more

  • 90
    Stephanie Zacharek Movieline

    Le Havre proceeds from the usual Kaurismäkian premise: Things are only going to get worse, so why not just go with it? show more

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    This movie is as lovable as a silent comedy, which it could have been. show more

  • 100
    Ann Hornaday Washington Post

    Le Havre is a playful parable that conveys profound truths about compassion, humility and sacrifice. It offers proof that miracles do happen - especially in Kaurismaki's lyrically hardscrabble neighborhood. show more

  • 100
    Liam Lacey The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Le Havre, offers the director's usual humour, pitch-perfect acting and compassionate message, with a Gallic twist that should win new converts. show more

  • 88
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    Does Kaurismaki believe in his own fairy tale? The movie, a humble delight, suggests the answer is yes. show more

  • 88
    Wesley Morris Boston Globe

    The achievement of this movie is that Kaurismäki manages the seemingly impossible task of making a farce about farces. In other words, this is a very good movie in quotation marks and a very good movie. show more

  • 88
    Slant Magazine

    For Carl Dreyer, to film a miracle took a single shot; for Bruno Dumont, a whole film. In Le Havre, Aki Kaurismäki needs four shots to capture his - and what an ordinary event it is! show more

  • October 26, 2011 PETER
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    charming, entertaning,superb cinematography,great character development. NOT TO BE MISSED!!!

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