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  • 100
    Jonathan Curiel San Francisco Chronicle

    A riveting works of humanism. show more

  • 88
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    Self-consciously poetic and shot within a luscious inch of its life, the film's also an engrossing heartbreaker: a family saga that spans continents, political administrations, and decades of travail to arrive at a harder, wiser place. show more

  • 75
    V.A. Musetto New York Post

    A powerful account of how the American dream became a nightmare for one Laotian family. show more

  • 67
    Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly

    The past-and-present layering is a lot more resonant -- and less sketchy -- than the film's theme of ''betrayal,'' both familial and governmental. show more

  • 90
    David Edelstein New York Magazine (Vulture)

    The film is lyrical, expansive, unbearably beautiful. show more

  • 80
    Andrew O'Hehir

    More than anything, The Betrayal is a cinematic essay about family and loss and home, one that's ironic and elegiac in tone and requires some patience. show more

  • 80
    J. Hoberman Village Voice

    Impressionistic and lyrical, as well as somber and gripping, The Betrayal conveys a ceaseless flow. It's as if the filmmaker has opened a window onto a parallel world traveling beside our own. show more

  • 70
    Los Angeles Times

    Exploring a Lao family's experience during and since the Vietnam War, the film chronicles the treacheries of geopolitics and the upheaval of exile. show more

  • 70
    A.O. Scott The New York Times

    The result is imperfect, but its roughness is entirely consistent with the way the filmmakers understand the traumatic experiences of displacement, loss and deprivation. show more

  • 70
    Scott Foundas Variety

    Though an admirable attempt to allow the characters to tell their own story in their own voices, docu may be a bit too freely associative, as it becomes difficult at times to identify individual characters... Picture's second half, which proceeds in a more linear fashion, is resolutely gripping. show more

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