Metascore
58

Mixed or average reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    Sep 2, 2014
    80
    Berry isn't afraid to use melodrama as a tool to highlight injustice. It's his very un-flashiness that makes Frontera effective.
  2. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Sep 4, 2014
    75
    Peña is a standout, and Longoria is a revelation as the vulnerable, pregnant Paulina. Hers is a decidedly un-glamorous part and Longoria compellingly fleshes out an under-written role.
  3. Reviewed by: Christy Lemire
    Sep 5, 2014
    63
    A well-cast, well-made, well-acted drama that you will probably forget about soon after you’ve seen it.
  4. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Sep 3, 2014
    63
    Michael Berry’s Frontera offers an unsparing look at the plight of illegal immigrants, even if the ending seems too patly convenient.
  5. Reviewed by: David Lee Dallas
    Sep 1, 2014
    63
    By turns abrasive and stately, sermonic and impartial, plot-heavy and meandering, often within seconds of each other.
  6. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Sep 4, 2014
    60
    In trying to create a balanced portrait of the conflicts and the ordinary people affected by them, director Michael Berry, who co-wrote the screenplay with Luis Moulinet III, chips away at the authenticity and intensity that an issue-driven film like this sorely needs.
  7. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Sep 4, 2014
    60
    The modern, gritty Western Frontera takes a lot of the clichés and delicately upends them to tell a tale about undocumented immigrants.
  8. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Sep 4, 2014
    60
    The intentions are solid here, but the execution is not... But the actors are compelling, and the issue is, of course, always worth discussion. It's not a great movie, but, if nothing else, Frontera is worthwhile on those fronts.
  9. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Sep 3, 2014
    60
    Ed Harris is a performer made for Westerns, and he’s perfectly utilized in debuting director Michael Berry’s middling if still very watchable modern-day oater as Roy.
  10. Reviewed by: Sheri Linden
    Sep 2, 2014
    60
    At once understated and slightly pulpy, the film comes down squarely on the side of compassion. It’s no polemic, but neither is it as character-driven as it aims to be.
  11. Reviewed by: Andrew Lapin
    Aug 18, 2014
    60
    Before the hokey third act, there’s much to like about Michael Berry’s border-crossing drama Frontera.
  12. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Sep 4, 2014
    50
    Frontera settles into a shallow, unconvincing drama with two heroes.
  13. Reviewed by: Jesse Hassenger
    Sep 3, 2014
    50
    The complexities of those people are diluted in a movie that’s not quite a functional ensemble but not intimate enough to qualify as a character study.
User Score
7.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. Sep 15, 2014
    8
    A solid crime drama that strangely is not getting a wider release. A great cast really lifts this movie up. It also has some greatA solid crime drama that strangely is not getting a wider release. A great cast really lifts this movie up. It also has some great semi-unknown actors such as Marilyn Rising that really bring heart into the story. It is a great movie that hopefully people will notice. Full Review »
  2. Nov 14, 2014
    3
    Frontera starts strong, good acting, characters and a compelling story. But somehow it deflated after the first 45 minutes or so. PossiblyFrontera starts strong, good acting, characters and a compelling story. But somehow it deflated after the first 45 minutes or so. Possibly because, while it began with some surprises, it eventually became predictable and no one person or situation had enough juice to propel the viewer along. At least not for me. I wish I could give it a better rating, but in the end I barely finished watching it and ended up doing other stuff while it played - not a good sign. Full Review »