The Immigrant

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Generally favorable reviews- based on 68 Ratings

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  • Summary: 1921. In search of a new start and the American dream, Ewa Cybulski (Marion Cotillard) and her sister Magda (Angela Sarafyan) sail to New York from their native Poland. When they reach Ellis Island, doctors discover that Magda is ill, and the two women are separated. Ewa is released onto the1921. In search of a new start and the American dream, Ewa Cybulski (Marion Cotillard) and her sister Magda (Angela Sarafyan) sail to New York from their native Poland. When they reach Ellis Island, doctors discover that Magda is ill, and the two women are separated. Ewa is released onto the mean streets of Manhattan while her sister is quarantined. Alone, with nowhere to turn and desperate to reunite with Magda, she quickly falls prey to Bruno (Joaquin Phoenix), a charming but wicked man who takes her in and forces her into prostitution. And then one day, Ewa encounters Bruno's cousin, the debonair magician Orlando (Jeremy Renner). He sweeps Ewa off her feet and quickly becomes her only chance to escape the nightmare in which she finds herself. [The Wild Bunch] Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 34
  2. Negative: 0 out of 34
  1. Reviewed by: G. Allen Johnson
    May 26, 2014
    100
    An astonishingly beautiful, irresistibly grim movie.
  2. 90
    It’s richer than anything onscreen right now. It’s worth the pain.
  3. 88
    Visually evokes Coppola’s "Godfather Part II" and Leone’s "Once Upon a Time in America," but in its utterly irony-free melodramatic sincerity also suggests a silent-era woman’s picture à la D.W. Griffith, King Vidor or G.W. Pabst.
  4. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    May 17, 2014
    80
    The strength of Gray’s movie lies in showing the connection between people in a place without rules.
  5. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    May 22, 2014
    75
    The Immigrant is not unlike a Prohibition-era “Taxi Driver,” with Cotillard as the apprentice hooker, Phoenix as the sweet-talking pimp and Jeremy Renner (playing the theater’s magician, Orlando) as the would-be savior.
  6. Reviewed by: Diane Garrett
    May 15, 2014
    70
    Gray does show some amusing facets of this world, such as prostitutes dressed up as society figures like the Rockefellers and Astors, for instance, but mostly The Immigrant is a bleak affair.
  7. Reviewed by: Robbie Collin
    May 26, 2013
    40
    Dialogue aside, the craftsmanship is unimpeachable, and Gray takes a timeless approach to pacing and camerawork: even the sunlight is sepia-tinted. But the grand themes of loyalty and ambition never catch fire, and the film’s few truly memorable moments are invariably its smallest.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 13
  2. Negative: 4 out of 13
  1. May 16, 2014
    9
    Beautifully filmed and featuring 3 superb performances from Marion Cotillard, Joaquin Phoenix, and Jeremy Renner. Not everyone will enjoy theBeautifully filmed and featuring 3 superb performances from Marion Cotillard, Joaquin Phoenix, and Jeremy Renner. Not everyone will enjoy the pace, but the film is most rewarding to people who pay close attention to its details. Films just aren't made like this anymore. I consider it to be one of Grays best, and with career-best performances from Cotillard and Renner. I think there's a chance that the audience for this kind of film will be smaller than others, slow building melodramas typically are these days, but Gray has made a masterpiece of his. Expand
  2. May 24, 2014
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Just got back from seeing this and I thought it was excellent. The
    cinematography was gorgeous and the performances were very powerful.
    I'm sure that what happened to Eva happened to a lot of young women.
    Bruno was a very **** character, drawing her in and putting her
    in more and more desperate situations, taking full advantage of the
    fact that she would do anything to get her sister off of Ellis Island.
    And making it seem like it was her decision to boot! When all of your
    options suck what do you do? If you have a strong will to survive, you
    do what Eva did.

    I know that Eva was charmed by Orlando/Emile (Jeremy Renner) but if
    she'd gone with him I think she would've ultimately regretted it. While
    well meaning, he came across as something of a flighty dilettante who
    would've dropped her the moment something shinier and newer came along.
    His character was all élan and dash with very little substance,
    purposely so.

    The final scene between Eva and Bruno was perfect and I hope that come
    Oscar season this movie gets some recognition.
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  3. Jun 12, 2016
    8
    Life was brutal back then, and maybe still is. A pretty immigrant is "picked" by a pimp because of her circumstances to join his "lovelyLife was brutal back then, and maybe still is. A pretty immigrant is "picked" by a pimp because of her circumstances to join his "lovely doves." Not unlike the sex trafficking going on today, but it was out in the open back then. A lot is involved with these 2 main characters and their personal lives. Expand
  4. Jul 25, 2015
    6
    This was a nice film to watch, with some fantastic performances (particularly by the lead performers). But there just seemed to be somethingThis was a nice film to watch, with some fantastic performances (particularly by the lead performers). But there just seemed to be something missing - I think it might have been edited too much and a lot ended up on the cutting room floor unnecessarily. Expand
  5. Dec 3, 2014
    5
    Marion Cotillard is heart-wrenching in one of the best performances of her career. Nevertheless, The Immigrant is often stale and spends farMarion Cotillard is heart-wrenching in one of the best performances of her career. Nevertheless, The Immigrant is often stale and spends far too long meandering without intriguing purpose. Expand
  6. Jun 9, 2014
    5
    American drama starring Marion Cotillard, Joaquin Phoenix, and Jeremy Renner.
    It is a story of a young woman Ewa coming to Ellis Island, NY,
    American drama starring Marion Cotillard, Joaquin Phoenix, and Jeremy Renner.
    It is a story of a young woman Ewa coming to Ellis Island, NY, in 1921 with her sister. They escaped from after-war Poland and are looking for better life. Her sister is sick with tuberculosis and is separated from Ewa. This is how her un-fortunes start in America.

    This movie had a potential to be great with excellent actors and an interesting story. Alas, directing and the script did not impress me. Overall, the movie is uneven and mediocre. Some episodes lack authenticity and are not convincing. Cotillard's performance is excellent but I would not say that about two other stars in this movie. Cinematography is quite good though.
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  7. May 26, 2014
    0
    This review contains spoilers. This movie was incredibly disappointing. The characters are static and the main character is completely abused for no reason. Literally, the horrible things that happen to her don't even move the plot along. The whole story seems to have no point in my opinion. Collapse

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