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  • Summary: In this warmhearted portrait of the French harbor city that gives the film its name, fate throws young African refugee Idrissa into the path of Marcel Marx, a well-spoken bohemian who works as a shoe-shiner. With innate optimism and the unwavering support of his community, Marcel stands up to officials doggedly pursuing the boy for deportation. A political fairy tale that exists somewhere between the reality of contemporary France and the classic cinema of Jean-Pierre Melville and Marcel Carné, Le Havre is a charming, deadpan delight. (Janus Films) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    Dec 8, 2011
    100
    Le Havre is a playful parable that conveys profound truths about compassion, humility and sacrifice. It offers proof that miracles do happen - especially in Kaurismaki's lyrically hardscrabble neighborhood.
  2. Reviewed by: Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Nov 2, 2011
    100
    The setting is somewhere between a post-WWII Brigadoon and the environs of Marcel Carn classic "Children of Paradise," but the story is as timely as this morning's news from Europe.
  3. Reviewed by: Kenneth Turan
    Oct 21, 2011
    90
    Buster Keaton isn't dead, he's alive and well in Finland, where under a new identity he pursues his own particular brand of deadpan absurdism to wonderful effect. If the name Aki Kaurismäki doesn't mean anything to you, it should, and Le Havre may be the film to make it happen.
  4. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Oct 20, 2011
    80
    Le Havre stands on its own fragile but considerable merits.
  5. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Nov 10, 2011
    80
    Le Havre is a small bit of movie magic, a story that plays more as a fable even as it deals with something as topical as immigration.
  6. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Nov 10, 2011
    75
    Kaurismäki stalwart Kati Outinen, as the old man's silent and ailing wife, is the key to the movie, even though she appears only sporadically. Something in her timid, understanding and impassive gaze, which is Kaurismäki's gaze as well, lets us know that she sees things in the old man that we don't see.
  7. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Oct 18, 2011
    60
    This is textbook Kaurismäki, neither fresh nor unwelcome.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. Aug 29, 2012
    8
    Told in a simple way by mostly non actors this little gem resolutely sets out a humanistic fable of our times. It gently hammers away at the theme: "we are our brother's keepers" Don't look for a great script, or much acting, or any sophistication. It is what it is. Even the Christian right might find it's theme uncomfortably Christ like. A man does good and is rewarded with a miracle. Warning check your cynicism at the door, or at your DVD Play button. Expand
  2. Jan 1, 2014
    8
    Le Havre Janus Films Release Date: Oct 21, 2011 Summary Critic Reviews User Reviews Details & Credits Trailers & Videos User Score
    7.1

    Generally favorable reviewsbased on 20 Ratings
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    Positive: 17 out of 20
    Mixed: 1 out of 20
    Negative: 2 out of 20

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  3. Aug 7, 2014
    5
    I agree with everydayscholar. This film is so bad that I went through it asking myself who financed this **** in the first place. Bad acting, bad direction and a subject that must be treated three times a year in European cinema (an old man takes a little boy under his wing). Avoid it. Expand
  4. Aug 4, 2012
    0
    Created a metacritic account just to tell you that if you want to see a comedy, or even a drama, this is not for you. The acting is completely stiff, there is no human emotion at all. The most emotion comes from a completely unnecessary 5 minute long concert scene from Little Bob. I don't understand the high ratings. Poor directing, poor acting, could care less about the story. Objectively bad. Expand

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