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  • Release Date: Oct 4, 2013
Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Reviewed by: Nicole Herrington
    Oct 3, 2013
    90
    This human story is profound enough to stand on its own.
  2. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Oct 10, 2013
    80
    Beautiful images can be a distraction in a serious documentary, but that's hardly the case here. They draw us in so we can better understand the hurtling changes that endanger the future of Cambodia and, by extension, much of the developing world.
  3. Reviewed by: Sheri Linden
    Oct 10, 2013
    80
    Mam's camera work is exquisite in its immediacy and agility. One of the most striking aspects of her film is the intimacy it achieves without feeling intrusive or turning her subjects into fodder for a message.
  4. Reviewed by: Alan Scherstuhl
    Oct 1, 2013
    80
    For the most part, the narrative here feels generational, representative, rather than invested in the specific incidents of specific lives.
  5. Reviewed by: Tomas Hachard
    Oct 3, 2013
    75
    A delicate documentary about a way of life that's slowly disappearing, yet gives way to nothing new.
  6. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Oct 7, 2013
    70
    Honest and well made but lacking a strong hook.
  7. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Oct 2, 2013
    70
    Prospects are dim no matter where these people choose to reside, and A River Changes Course captures their struggle with an ethnographic gaze that generally maintains enough detachment to avoid excessive, judgmental handwringing and heartstring-tugging.

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