Metascore
38

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 31
  2. Negative: 10 out of 31
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  1. 38
    Here comes Wayne Kramer's Crossing Over, a bid to create the "Crash" of illegal-immigration dramas.
  2. There are a bunch of other clunky immigrant subplots (the Jews get a comic one, the Turks a scary one), but it isn't until the massacre–cum–civics tutorial in the liquor store that Crossing Over crosses into the mythic realm of camp. What a waste. I still say it's better than "Crash," though.
  3. Reviewed by: Stephen Farber
    30
    The film plays like a garish melodrama that reproduces the most ham-fisted, polemical aspects of "Crash."
  4. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    30
    The way the picture dwells almost exclusively on cinematically exploitable elements -- gangbanger crime, prostitution, honor killing, terrorism paranoia -- gives it a sordid patina that even the classy, able thesps can't offset.
  5. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    30
    And so it goes, with Kramer--who doesn't really seem to like people very much--failing to muster even the superficial empathy the makers of the similarly programmatic "The Visitor" and "Rendition" showed toward their own cardboard-cutout imperiled illegals.
  6. 30
    As Crossing Over makes its patronizing points, by way of two-dimensional characters and billboarded plot points, it recalls other, better movies that dealt with the same subjects far more deftly.
  7. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    20
    All of its plot threads are equally dreadworthy.
  8. Forced, heavy-handed and overdone, it's a pretend serious film that offers crass manipulation in the place where honesty is supposed to be.
  9. Wayne Kramer's interlocking saga of immigration in 21st-century America definitely crosses over, from workaday mediocrity to distinctive dreadfulness.
User Score
5.3

Mixed or average reviews- based on 24 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. 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. Full Review »
  2. 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.
  3. 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. Full Review »