Crossing Over

2009

Crossing Over

Critics Consensus

Crossing Over is flagrant and heavy-handed about a situation that deserves more deliberate treatment, and joins its characters with coincidences that strain believability.

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Immigrants from around the world enter Los Angeles every day, with hopeful visions of a better life, but little notion of what that life may cost. Their desperate scenarios test the humanity of immigration enforcement officers. "In Crossing Over," writer-director Wayne Kramer explores the allure of the American dream, and the reality that immigrants find--and create--in 21st century L.A.

Cast

Harrison Ford
as Max Brogan
Ashley Judd
as Denise Frankel
Ray Liotta
as Cole Frankel
Sean Penn
as Chris Farrell
Summer Bishil
as Taslima Jahang
Merik Tadros
as Farid Baraheri
Cliff Curtis
as Hamid Baraheri
Alice Eve
as Claire Shepard
Justin Chon
as Yong Kim
Melody Khazae
as Zahra Baraheri
Jim Sturgess
as Gavin Kossef
Alice Braga
as Mireya Sanchez
Jacqueline Obradors
as Special Agent Phadkar
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Critic Reviews for Crossing Over

All Critics (109) | Top Critics (43) | Fresh (17) | Rotten (92)

  • Any one of these stories, if properly fleshed out and shorn of contrivance, would have made for a perfectly serviceable film. Instead, we have lots of hysterical little bits of nothing much.

    Jul 31, 2009 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

    David Jenkins

    Time Out
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  • For anyone who felt that Crash was too subtle and self-effacing, I recommend Crossing Over, a multi-stranded, heavy handed exploration of the issues surrounding immigration and US citizenship.

    Jul 31, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Wendy Ide

    Times (UK)
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  • Crass, contrived, tackily salacious and politically loaded in the most insidious way, this dodgy piece of nonsense purports to be an ensemble, multi-stranded drama in the style of Traffic or Crash.

    Jul 31, 2009 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • The whole exercise feels exploitative.

    Jul 31, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Well-acted but increasingly either melodramatic or just plain dull.

    Jul 31, 2009 | Rating: 2/5
  • As with many multi-character pieces, it's somewhat unbalanced by its competing storylines, and its lapses into sentimentality seem inevitable, but Kramer deserves credit for taking on a touchy subject.

    Jul 31, 2009 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Crossing Over

  • Sep 27, 2016
    Awful attempt at installing progressive propaganda in the form of a piece of trash they call a movie, It was impossible to emphasise with any of the obnoxious characters, they don't belong in a free country.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Sep 09, 2011
    I am going to have to thoroughly describe the viewing of this epic as : "One tough as nails pill to swallow" totally on account of all of the circumstances of where I have heard over the years about the horror stories I have heard about the border patrol in LA / Mexico on what they do. Here is a film that not only shows what the border patrol does...but shows what the imigrant goes through to get the coveted : "Green Card"...See this, it is a gripping memorable saga.
    Fascade F Super Reviewer
  • Oct 17, 2010
    Amazing film. The film reminded me of movies like Crash, Traffic, and Babel. The film has a great ensemble and everyone in the cast shines. I definitely recommend this film.
    Sol C Super Reviewer
  • Oct 15, 2010
    Earnest - perhaps TOO earnest - trying to be the <i>Crash</i> or <i>Traffic</i> over the issue of immigration. Multistory approach with intertwining threads grows tiresome with only a couple stories really standing out. Same goes for the acting, Ray Liotta's contribution notably awful and in the diner delivers the fakest laugh I've ever heard. Still, I have secondhand experience with how messed-up the issue of citizenship is and <i>Crossing Over</i> attempts to illustrate the shortcomings within the system and does include a few undeniably powerful moments.
    Doctor S Super Reviewer

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