The Beautiful Country

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Universal acclaim- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 1 out of 11

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User Reviews

  1. RayS.
    Oct 5, 2005
    The cadence of the film is deliberately slow, but it works to draw the viewer into the story, and to the ending, which is poignant and understated--and rings true emotionally.
  2. Doug
    Aug 23, 2005
    A very memorable film. Great cinematography, fascinating, well told story. Even though it's a long film, it holds your interest throughout.
  3. BarbaraC.
    Sep 16, 2005
    THIS IS an awesome movie. If you are interested in Vietnam or is about hope ...go see it! The characters were gripping and the story so moving. I wish more movies like this were being made!
  4. Bob
    Jan 6, 2006
    Within 5 minutes you could tell this was not an American made movie - too subtle and too intelligent for the mass audiences. I was surprised to find it was of Norwegian origin, though.
  5. Robert
    Feb 5, 2006
    Lovely, surprising film that carries emotional weight through a young man's wide-ranging search for his father. underrated by many, worth watching.
  6. Gal
    Jul 24, 2005
    Great cinematography...excellent script...very realistic story about the tragedy of Vietnam..incredibly sensitive portrait.

Generally favorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 23
  2. Negative: 1 out of 23
  1. The film achieves its power through a careful gathering of crucial details, in wordless glances, cruelties of nature and of man and the relentless determination to gain the promised land.
  2. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    Standout performance is by Nolte who, in the final 20 minutes, draws on a deep reservoir of playing broken romantic heroes to portray Binh's father. The subtle, resonant scenes between the two men are worth the price of admission.
  3. 60
    A gorgeous film, framed with an eye that makes every country seem beautiful in one way or another. It's probably fitting that the human element seems fragile and flat by comparison, but the contrast leaves Beautiful Country fairly bland.