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  • Summary: When Elena, a Russian immigrant studying in Miami and Carlos her Columbian boyfriend run out of legal options for staying in the U.S. the couple switch partners with Betty and Mike, an American couple who are also their best friends. All is well until the stress of keeping up appearances to their family members and a savvy immigration enforcement agent eventually begins to take its toll. (Roadside Attractions) Expand
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  2. Negative: 7 out of 11
  1. Reviewed by: Loren King
    Apr 28, 2011
    50
    Neither the comedy nor the romance is strong enough in Immigration Tango to offer any improvement on Peter Weir's similar, and better, 1990 film "Green Card."
  2. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    Feb 18, 2011
    50
    Though the actors don't flesh out or particularly fit their roles, they seem perfectly at ease with them and with each other.
  3. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    Feb 18, 2011
    40
    Squanders its timely illegal alien theme with a predictable and unconvincing story line that makes "Green Card" seem a classic by comparison.
  4. Reviewed by: Ernest Hardy
    Feb 15, 2011
    30
    Less forgivable is the fact that this is a film in which characters are flung out of character solely for cheap laughs and rarely actually listen or talk to one another.
  5. Reviewed by: Kevin Thomas
    Feb 17, 2011
    30
    Eventually, Immigration Tango throws away what little credibility it has in going for a finish of total improbability and silliness.
  6. Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    Feb 23, 2011
    25
    Sadly, Immigration Tango is like a slow-dance with your sister - perfunctory, awkward and without a hint of heat.
  7. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    Feb 15, 2011
    20
    Every move is a misstep.

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  1. Mar 21, 2011
    10
    With all due respect to Schelb and the others who have reviewed this film, we must assume that they have missed the point entirely. When Immigration Tango begins, it does appear as a standard, though artfully written romantic-comedy. Once the first layer of this delicious onion is peeled away however, one begins to see the emergence of an exploration of man's fight against god in a battle for self-determination. What is particularly striking is the film wide metaphor of the moped as a vehicle for the soul, at one point literally carrying Avery Sommers, (who deserves an academy nod for her nuanced portrayal of Ms. Ravencourt) as the human conscience manifest. Another layer is peeled and we see Elena as not an object of physical desire, but a totem representing choice itself if only it can be grasped by Mike and therefore by us all. Kudos to the team that brought us IT! I sincerely hope that they bring us IT2 soon to see if we can hold on to our free will, or if it will be stripped away as a cruel illusion. Expand

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