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  • Summary: The US offers hope—but that often comes at a price. Many can earn citizenship legally through a lengthy bureaucratic process, but others find themselves out of luck in a country where virtually anything can be bought. Sex, violence and betrayal become their currency. Some wait in line forThe US offers hope—but that often comes at a price. Many can earn citizenship legally through a lengthy bureaucratic process, but others find themselves out of luck in a country where virtually anything can be bought. Sex, violence and betrayal become their currency. Some wait in line for permission to enter the U.S. while others take matters into their own hands. (The Weinstein Company) Expand
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 31
  2. Negative: 10 out of 31
  1. Crossing Over is so eager to go for the emotional jugular that it never quite forges an enlightening point of view.
  2. 63
    Kramer takes on a hot, unwieldy topic in Crossing Over -- the dream that immigrants have of U.S. citizenship and the nightmare of achieving it, especially with shortcuts. I'm sure Kramer will be picked to pieces for trying something while Hollywood crap climbs the box office ladder. There are all kinds of nightmares.
  3. Crossing Over is not a success but make no mistake: There is great drama to be found in these streets.
  4. 50
    Some will win and some will lose their encounters with unbending American bureaucracy, but all deserve better, which should leave viewers eager for an even-handed take on this issue crossing over into disappointment.
  5. If Mr. Kramer's outrage felt honest, his film would be easier to respect. But time and again, he undermines his own righteousness by pumping up the violence and stripping down his talent.
  6. 38
    Here comes Wayne Kramer's Crossing Over, a bid to create the "Crash" of illegal-immigration dramas.
  7. Wayne Kramer's interlocking saga of immigration in 21st-century America definitely crosses over, from workaday mediocrity to distinctive dreadfulness.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. PaulN.
    Mar 8, 2009
    8
    Somewhat downbeat and a bit too politically correct; but the performances and interlacing storylines hold your attention. Worth a look for Somewhat downbeat and a bit too politically correct; but the performances and interlacing storylines hold your attention. Worth a look for the thinking moviegoer. Expand
  2. Feb 4, 2012
    7
    The movie portrays several different stories that seem to all be different. I watched the movie for class and we were only showed a few partsThe movie portrays several different stories that seem to all be different. I watched the movie for class and we were only showed a few parts of the entire movie but from what I saw i enjoyed and it made me curious to see in it its entirety to truly understand it all. I would say that the movie is decent but not blow your socks off amazing. If you want a movie that jumps around a bit and makes you think, this will do it. Expand
  3. JayH.
    Jun 7, 2009
    6
    A bit too dramatic but it is a sincere effort. The entire cast is good. It doesn't always convince however. Decent but nothing outstanding.
  4. ElijahT.
    Mar 1, 2009
    3
    A total waste of time. A generic political drama with no soul. NEXT!

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