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  • Summary: This documentary profiles seven Cuban refugees who risked their lives in homemade rafts to reach the United States, and follows their stories over seven tumultuous years in their new country.
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 14
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  1. Full of drama, poignancy and some heartbreaking moments.
  2. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    100
    A heart-rending account of people trying to dodge the hurdles that politics puts in front of them. By the end of this humanist epic, some are ennobled by their struggle. Most are exhausted.
  3. The creators of the magnificent Balseros stayed involved with its subject, a group of Cuban boat people who made it to the United States, for a full seven years. If you put in that kind of time, you witness life happening in front of you in all its compelling, confounding drama. What could be better than that?
  4. 75
    Well-done documentary.
  5. Reviewed by: Eddie Cockrell
    70
    Noteworthy for its detail and evenhandedness.
  6. 50
    What's fresh for these people is, frankly, old news for anyone who has seen even one or two documentaries on similar subject matter.

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