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Based on 23 Reviews
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  • 75
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    The Beautiful Country might be too slow-moving for some, but it has powerful performances and a multi-layered quality. It is an epic journey worth taking. show more

  • 63
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Loses itself in melodrama, caricature and narrative missteps. show more

  • 63
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    Bai Ling plays a resourceful prostitute from a Malaysian refugee camp who grows harder and more alienated by the day. Nick Nolte, Tim Roth and Temuera Morrison offer strong supporting performances. show more

  • 80
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    The film achieves its power through a careful gathering of crucial details, in wordless glances, cruelties of nature and of man and the relentless determination to gain the promised land. show more

  • 75
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    In the end, it's a heartening, rewarding experience to watch this journey--and, especially, its end. show more

  • 75
    New York Post

    The movie grows steadily more arresting as it goes on and saves its best parts for last. show more

  • 75
    Walter Addiego San Francisco Examiner

    Quiet, moving and beautifully shot. show more

  • 75
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    The filmmakers bank against their impulse toward melodrama and deliver a reconciliation that is heartbreakingly understated. show more

  • 75
    Chris Kaltenbach Baltimore Sun

    The Beautiful Country is not a happy film by any means, but it does offer a fragile hope, that beauty exists at the end of every journey, if only one has the strength to finish the trip. show more

  • 63
    The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    With its visual splendour, The Beautiful Country is indeed lovely to behold, but its story of human misery and survival doesn't always benefit from the painstaking art direction, picturesque vistas and surges of dramatic music. show more

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