The Pirogue


Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9

Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Jan 24, 2013
    Every moment feels human and true, from the naive optimism of the trip's sendoff to its unsparingly realistic conclusion, which trades reckless hope for quiet honor.
  2. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    Jan 22, 2013
    The most powerful thing about The Pirogue is the way it deals with emotionally charged events matter-of-factly, rather than melodramatically. The story Mr. Touré has chosen to tell is both painfully specific - about these individuals, in this boat - and immeasurably vast, since the experience it depicts is shared by millions of people around the world. And yet somehow he gets the scale just right.
  3. Reviewed by: Farran Smith Nehme
    Jan 24, 2013
    In the poignant, symmetrical end, Touré leaves the idea that the real yearning of these people is for a fair shake in their own home.
  4. Reviewed by: Mark Jenkins
    Jan 24, 2013
    The Pirogue spends only about an hour on open water, but that's enough to convey the risks that make the trip foolish, and the desperation that makes it inevitable.
  5. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    Jan 23, 2013
    For all the tense interpersonal conflicts and the inevitable, if thrilling, stormy-seas set piece, what proves most striking are the exactly rendered little moments.
  6. Reviewed by: Stephen Dalton
    Jan 19, 2013
    This universal story could easily serve as a dramatically gripping primer on topical immigration issues to schoolchildren across the globe, from Arizona to Afghanistan.  
  7. Reviewed by: Jay Weissberg
    Jan 19, 2013
    Toure crafts a handsome work that makes up in skill and honesty what it lacks in originality.
  8. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Jan 22, 2013
    There's enough filmmaking talent evident throughout that you wish the journey were more satisfying overall.
  9. Reviewed by: Calum Marsh
    Jan 19, 2013
    Moussa Touré's worldview, like Ousmane Sembene's, is characterized by the feeling that, at the end of the day, some degree of loss or defeat is inevitable.

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