Mixed or average reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
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  1. Reviewed by: Ella Taylor
    Jul 26, 2013
    Crialese is a sentimentalist at heart, but a fine one, and his compassion for the wretched of the earth is thrillingly amped by the movie's ecstatic imagery.
  2. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    Aug 7, 2013
    A stirring commentary on our better angels.
  3. Reviewed by: Stephanie Merry
    Sep 6, 2013
    The story starts to feel crowded, especially when each character seems instantaneously at odds with another. One set of opposing forces would probably suffice.
  4. Reviewed by: Peter Keough
    Sep 5, 2013
    The story gets both complicated and predictable.
  5. Reviewed by: Farran Smith Nehme
    Jul 26, 2013
    Europe’s immigration dilemma was also the focus of Aki Kaurismaki’s winsome “Le Havre,” and the Africans themselves were front and center in Moussa Touré’s “La Pirogue.” This film is somewhat less effective; Crialese’s message seems to take priority over a deeper sense of individuals.
  6. Reviewed by: David Fear
    Jul 23, 2013
    As with his previous film Golden Door (2006), Crialese proves that he’s more adept when evoking a lyrical naturalism practiced by his directorial ancestors than when he’s hand-wringing over social issues.
  7. Reviewed by: Nicolas Rapold
    Jul 23, 2013
    As Terraferma tightens its focus on a courageous resolution of tough issues, too much nuance is jettisoned along the way.
  8. Reviewed by: Tomas Hachard
    Jul 21, 2013
    Its self-seriousness never allows it to become the realist counterpoint to Aki Kaurismäki's tragicomic approach in Le Havre that one initially hopes it will be.
  9. Reviewed by: Chuck Wilson
    Jul 23, 2013
    It's all very predictable, very Hollywood. Storytelling cliché, it would seem, knows no borders.

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