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  • Summary: This true-to-life drama, based on Drug Enforcement Agency and U.S. Border Patrol reports as well as countless first hand accounts of hopeful migrant struggles, depicts the current civil unrest occurring at the U.S. Mexican Border. (Gatekeeper Productions)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 14
  2. Negative: 2 out of 14
  1. Has a certain stiffness and awkwardness at the start, but this deeply personal work steadily grows more powerful and eloquent, creating a tragic vision of the plight of illegal aliens that transcends its melodramatic elements.
  2. 63
    Isn't the most seductive film ever made about border life or undocumented immigrants, but in a way it's unfair to compare it to such artistic triumphs as ''Touch of Evil,'' ''El Norte,'' ''Lone Star,'' and ''Traffic.''
  3. 63
    Despite its flaws, The Gatekeeper will keep you engaged.
  4. Reviewed by: Joshua Land
    50
    The DIY approach entails significant limitations, including barely TV-quality visuals and the Seagal-like stiffness of Frey's performance, but the truly hellish portrayal of the workers' post-crossing indentured servitude in a meth lab makes up for a sluggish opening act.
  5. Suffers from Frey’s diluted multitasking. The director, writer, and star are not equally talented.
  6. 50
    Earnest, shoestring indie that makes use of some sharp location shooting and sympathetic performances to rise above its often awkward staging and writing.
  7. Reviewed by: G. Allen Johnson
    25
    It's a movie you want to like, but its sometimes laughably bad execution makes that difficult.

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