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4.9

Mixed or average reviews- based on 24 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 24
  2. Negative: 10 out of 24
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  1. PennyP.
    Apr 25, 2004
    8
    Okay, yes the ending was hokey and contrived, but believe it or not, people like those depicted in this film really exist and yes romance happens in horrible conditions where there is no hope...no one complained about the romances in The English Patient. Anyone who wasn't moved by the long awaited first kiss scene after the death of a colleague has either never been in love in an Okay, yes the ending was hokey and contrived, but believe it or not, people like those depicted in this film really exist and yes romance happens in horrible conditions where there is no hope...no one complained about the romances in The English Patient. Anyone who wasn't moved by the long awaited first kiss scene after the death of a colleague has either never been in love in an impossible intense situation and/or never experienced how death makes the living grasp at a straw for fleeting relief. I found Jolie and Owen utterly believable in their controlled attraction for each other. More importantly, this film brought to life the ugly realities that exist in refugee camps all over this sad planet, every day, year in, year out. Just because it's not on the news every night doesn't mean Africa no longer needs help. Seeing people in service was for me a refreshing and responsible change from the usual Hollywood me-first parade. Hollywood needs to do more of this. And if they don't add stars and romance, how else are they going to get people to know or care about this stuff? Because of the lousy ending, this really only deserves a 7, but I'm giving it an 8 to get these unfairly low ratings up an inch. If you have any heart and a little international knowledge or curiosity, you will appreciate this film. Expand
  2. Melanie
    Apr 27, 2004
    9
    Envokes emotion, and shows the reality of what is going on in other countries and no one cares.
  3. NancyL.
    Dec 11, 2004
    8
    Would have loved to seen actor, Goran Visnjic, in the male lead.
Metascore
32

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 31
  2. Negative: 14 out of 31
  1. Even assuming the best possible motives by its makers, Beyond Borders runs the risk of making human suffering exotic while glamorizing white disaster relief workers in the Third World.
  2. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    30
    Star-driven, high-minded claptrap that, fatally, can't even rig a rooting interest in its central love story.
  3. 50
    As kitsch, however, it's pretty enjoyable. Jolie and Owen perform with such conviction, and the film -- blissfully unaware of its own badness -- takes its paperback-romance shenanigans with such goofy gravity, that it's easy to get caught up in the whole, soap-opera thrust of the thing.