Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 31
  2. Negative: 14 out of 31
  1. Of this much I'm sure: It's an awful movie.
  2. 38
    Beyond Borders keeps angling for a peace prize; it might have won more hearts and minds if it came together as a movie.
  3. 30
    It all becomes little more than feel-good-about-feeling-bad window dressing, like an issue of "Utne Reader" in Dolby Surround Sound.
  4. The hard truth is that the line between being deadly earnest and unintentionally silly is thinner than these people think, and Beyond Borders turns out to be an unreal film about a real situation, unavoidably cartoonish, as was the earlier "Tears of the Sun," in its attempt to join crucial issues to ridiculous melodrama.
  5. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Star-driven, high-minded claptrap that, fatally, can't even rig a rooting interest in its central love story.
  6. 25
    This is a disastrously clumsy, heavy-handed movie, one so desperate and exploitative that it resorts to putting a live grenade in the hands of a baby in order to get its message across.
  7. A film with its heart in the right place. Unfortunately, its head is stuck so far in the clouds that it dissolves into preachy do- gooder mush.
  8. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Worse than junk, in fact. Beyond Borders so trivializes the plight of the world's displaced peoples that it becomes actively obnoxious.
  9. 25
    Such a staggering, start-to-finish disaster that you don't know how to begin detailing its outrages and failings.
  10. 20
    I came out of Beyond Borders with the gnawing feeling I'd just been subjected to some sort of ghastly prank, Punk’d by the director of "GoldenEye" with Lara Croft as his willing confederate.
  11. 20
    Send a check to UNICEF and go see "Lost In Translation," "Mystic River," or "Kill Bill" instead.
  12. 20
    All hope is lost for those trapped in theaters with this picture.
  13. A sudsless soap opera with human misery as a backdrop for romantic banality.
  14. Reviewed by: Libby Copeland
    The premise of the movie deserves better.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 23 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 12
  2. Negative: 8 out of 12
  1. Dec 19, 2012
    Honestly i think that Jolie it's a great model I've tried very hard to see her as an actress but her performances are just BAD I could think of a dozen better actress for this roll, it is a good attempt to represent the overseas world and way of life but the story surrounding Jolie's character it's very unnecessary. Full Review »
  2. Apr 20, 2013
    The romance in the movie is so cliché and banal, it almost hurts. The actors (who otherwise can act) are very wooden and lifeless. The movie simplifies every theme it want the viewer to be concerned about. Not recommended. Full Review »
  3. [Anonymous]
    Oct 8, 2005
    Shows what goes on in the darker parts of the world, but did they have to throw in that LOUSY romance?!!