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Based on 22 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 5 )
  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    There are some brief minutes when the tension drops and the story starts to sag, but Fukunaga almost always fills the frame with something worth seeing, and the story has a built-in suspense. show more

  • 100
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    That this is Fukunaga's first film is astonishing, given its sharp script, technical proficiency and suspenseful pacing. The ensemble cast is top-notch. show more

  • 100
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Mr. Fukanaga's purpose is to evoke the immigrants' experience, which he does with such eloquence and power as to inspire awe. show more

  • 88
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Forceful, heart-wrenching stuff. show more

  • 50
    The Hollywood Reporter

    Fukunaga clearly exhibits a flair for spirited storytelling, but when Sin Nombre departs from the specifics of its unique world in favor of more conventional genre execution, it leaves the characters and audience adrift. show more

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    It contains risk, violence, a little romance, even fleeting moments of humor, but most of all, it sees what danger and heartbreak are involved. It is riveting from start to finish. show more

  • 100
    Jennie Punter The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Thrilling and beautifully crafted. show more

  • 88
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    Forget those weepie liberal clichés. This starless and vividly authentic romantic thriller set in Central America really rocks, and is one of the most exciting directorial debuts in years. show more

  • 88
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    More substantive than the average thriller/road movie. show more

  • 63
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    Crushingly realistic one minute and melodramatically hokey the next. show more

  • May 26, 2009 shincali
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    I really liked this movie. Considering the context of the movie the violence seems plausible. What really impressed me about this movie was the guts and bravery of the character Sayra... (very believably played by Paulina Gaitan) - what a women :^)

  • May 03, 2009 Amilion
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    A Magnificent tale of cultural and societal ideologies clashing in what becomes a heartbreaking tragedy. Personally, it was an all too true spotlight on what real religion should look like but unsurprisingly used by the "wrong" people for the "wrong" reasons. The story is not one of striking and supenseful surprizes as much of the story is predictable, but the main characters hold you in their search for meaning, belonging, and love. I would gladly see it again and will undoubtedly recommend it to any movie lover.

  • May 03, 2009 RedBaronNSnoopy2
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    EXCELLENT! Held my interest from beginning to end! A 5 star performance!

  • April 20, 2009 carevant
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    The only movie I have ever walked out on. Gratuitous violence masquerading as drama. Truly so gruesome that we were unable to stay and see the end of this film.

  • April 18, 2009 Jfhartwell7
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    Outstanding chronicle of harrowing journey young people from Latin America are willing to endure for the hope of reaching the promise of new future in America.

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