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Based on 26 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 100
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    The experience of seeing this film is cumulative, sober and profound. show more

  • 90
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Mr. Akin's film is so full of life that it leaves you breathless. show more

  • 88
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    The movie is near-perfect, suspenseful, heart-breaking, profound. show more

  • 60
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    Like a more personal, less pretentious version of Alejandro González Iñárritu's "Babel," this spiraling dissection of circumstance, choice and fate is more about thoroughness of vision than tricky storytelling. show more

  • 80
    Ray Bennett The Hollywood Reporter

    The director, who also wrote the script, achieves a keen-eyed view of the Turkish expatriates in this film while sustaining his remarkable ability to make them universal. show more

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The best approach is to begin with the characters, because the wonderful, sad, touching The Edge of Heaven is more about its characters than about its story show more

  • 100
    Wesley Morris Boston Globe

    With impeccable skill, Akin has made a film roiling with cruelty but guided by tough political optimism. No, we can't all get along, but some us of are trying. show more

  • 88
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    Akin achieves a peaceful balance here –- alongside the death and seemingly senseless tragedy, there’s also a kind of reassuring equilibrium. show more

  • 88
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    The Edge of Heaven is marked by a number of remarkable performances. show more

  • 75
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    It's a vivid ensemble experience, and the acting is wonderful. show more

  • June 29, 2008 D28drk
    Report This User

    My friend and I went to see The Edge of Heaven because of the excellent reviews. I was disappointed. On the positive side were the acting and characterization, the cinematography, and the score. There were a number of reasons why I felt disappointed. Hope, forgiveness, redemption, does not have to come as the result of trauma, in this case death. Other movies and books have handled this theme without the need to resort to the violent death of characters. I also felt the movie tried to handle too many different themes, cultural similarities and differences, parental relationships, anger, frustration, tolerance, and religious. I also do not like movies going from past, to present, to past. I have seen to many movies recently that use this technique and although I comprehend it , I think sometimes these different methods are used more as a contrivance for critics and moviegoers to feel a deeper appreciation of the film and the creativity of the director and writer. I will say in conclusion that these are personal observations and it should not prevent others from seeing this superbly acted movie and form their own opinion.

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