Metascore
67

Generally favorable reviews - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Dec 20, 2012
    91
    It's incredibly uneventful and devastating all at once.
  2. Reviewed by: Amy Nicholson
    Apr 25, 2013
    80
    Esparza's cast of unknowns is so fresh and raw that the drama could be mistaken for a documentary if the camera work weren't so controlled.
  3. Reviewed by: Jonathan Holland
    Jan 15, 2013
    80
    A quietly devastating exploration of the cruel paradox that, in order to feed their loved ones, emigrants have to leave them behind.
  4. Reviewed by: Melissa Anderson
    Dec 18, 2012
    70
    The film is as simple, straightforward, and elegant as its title.
  5. Dec 16, 2012
    63
    It's a confident vision, but its aversion to sentiment has the intended but unfortunate effect of making the characters' disconnects our own.
  6. Reviewed by: Neil Genzlinger
    Dec 20, 2012
    50
    If the intent was to keep the characters here just as anonymous as most migrant workers are to prosperous people in the United States, it succeeds: Pedro and his family remain mere sketches. If, however, the aim was a more meaningful portrait of hardship and aspiration, the film is merely underdone. It's no secret that life in many places is hard.
  7. 40
    Patience-taxingly boilerplate.

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