Crossing the Line

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71

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  • Summary: The first Western interview with Comrade Joe, James Joseph Dresnok, an American soldier who defected to North Korea in 1962 and has embraced life in the secret state ever since. (Kino International Corp.)

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  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. 80
    Crossing the Line, like its subject, remains a fascinating and frustrating enigma -- a declassified government report still marred by redacted passages.
  2. So fascinating that Crossing the Line is riveting.
  3. 75
    It's an enormous scoop for a Western filmmaker, but a potentially compromising one, too. How much can a filmmaker challenge the dubious elements of Dresnok's story? At what point can the film be considered an unwitting propaganda tool for an oppressive, totalitarian system?
  4. Aside from some resonant hints that all is not as it seems, the movie leaves it to you to decide where the truths begin and ends. You'll be untangling Dresnok's knotty reality long after you leave the theater.
  5. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    70
    Film's rarity value and still-hot subject matter make this required viewing.
  6. Ultimately, Dresnok comes across as honest and credible, and his story is absolutely fascinating.
  7. 50
    Decaying and illiterate, with a mouthful of metal teeth, Dresnok himself belies his advertisements for the greatness of North Korea.

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