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  • Summary: In the dead of the night, near the Czech-Slovak border, two smugglers discover their truckload of illegal Indian immigrants have left a baby behind. (Sony Pictures Classics)
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  1. Positive: 24 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. Always hard-hitting and often grimly, revealingly satirical.
  2. 90
    A powerful Czech drama with comic flourishes.
  3. Reviewed by: Achy Obejas
    All of these folks are damaged souls, trying their best to find purpose and forgiveness.
  4. It's agreeable to see a picture that holds us without perspiring to do so. We are treated not as an audience but as café chums to whom a story is being told
  5. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    The film bears a resemblance to such multicharacter dramas as Robert Altman's ''Short Cuts" and Paul Thomas Anderson's ''Magnolia" -- like them, it's a portrait of a society straining at the seams -- but it manages the neat trick of being both charming and bilious.
  6. The screenplay is chock-full of political and social observation tarnished by uneven ­acting and editing. The clumsy humor doesn't translate well.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. MarcK.
    Dec 6, 2005
    The very high MetaCritic rating led me to believe this would be a much better film than it turned out to be. Also, while this movie may have had comedic moments, I certainly wouldn't have classified it as a comedy. It is definitely more substantive and thought-provoking. It's just not all that spectacular. Collapse

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