Crossing Over 2009

Critics score:
16 / 100

Reviews provided by RottenTomatoes

Ben Lyons, At the Movies: It's a film about the issues, but it's a film about people. Read more

Ann Hornaday, Washington Post: Maybe if he [director Wayne Kramer] had kept Crossing Over simpler, he would have made a less simplistic movie. Read more

Manohla Dargis, New York Times: Crossing Over delivers its sanctimony with less hand-wringing and more fist-shaking, complete with lurid violence and periodically bared female flesh. Read more

David Edelstein, New York Magazine/Vulture: Crossing Over crosses into the mythic realm of camp. What a waste. I still say it's better than Crash, though. Read more

J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader: [Crossing Over] has a paint-by-numbers quality. Read more

Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal: Crossing Over has its heart in umpteen places and its head stuffed with dramatic claptrap. Read more

John Hartl, Seattle Times: Like too many Crash wannabes, Crossing Over gets an A for effort and a C-plus for execution. Read more

Vadim Rizov, AV Club: Tied together with endless, flattening shots of L.A.'s cloverleaf freeways, Crossing Over is often simplistic and occasionally lugubrious, but it's rarely boring. Read more

Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic: There are good performances here, but the sheer number dilutes their power, leaving the movie a bit of a mess. Read more

Wesley Morris, Boston Globe: It's Crossing Over -- or as we call it at my desk, Crash: Special Victims Unit. Read more

Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times: Forced, heavy-handed and overdone, it's a pretend serious film that offers crass manipulation in the place where honesty is supposed to be. Read more

Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune: The characters don't relate; they trade expedient expository nuggets, when they're not speechifying. A surfeit of coincidence spoils our empathy. And when a character%u2014any character%u2014says "You doubt the veracity of my heart," you have to doubt the Read more

Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor: It's a powerful opening to a movie that rapidly fractures into a hodgepodge of interlocking subplots showcasing immigration woes. Read more

Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post: You see, it's all a bit too interlocking, a cable series jammed into a couple of hours. Read more

Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly: Director Wayne Kramer crisscrosses these stories into a diverting anthropological melodrama, with enough 
coincidence to keep the action unified. Read more

Amy Nicholson, I.E. Weekly: This all sounds didactic and silly. It is. It's also highly watchable, and simultaneously complex, simple-minded, and deferential to the audience's base level of intelligence. Read more

Scott Foundas, L.A. Weekly: Eventually, all points converge on a finale draped in patriotic imagery employed for maximum irony. Read more

Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald: Part of the reason why Crossing Over doesn't work is that too many of the hurdles [director] Kramer places in front of his protagonists often feel like the product of a writer's imagination instead of real-life experiences. Read more

Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger: Sadly simplistic. Predictable, too. Read more

Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News: The issue of illegal immigration deserves a thoughtful movie. This isn't it. Read more

Lou Lumenick, New York Post: This is a movie with the courage to examine the pressing issue of whether hot blond Aussie starlets are sleeping with government agents -- whom they meet in fender benders -- to get green cards. Read more

Rex Reed, New York Observer: Writer-director Wayne Kramer gets uniformly terrific performances from a fine cast playing pawns in the game of sex, violence and betrayal that diminishes the noble tradition of naturalized citizenship. Read more

Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel: Read more

Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer: A responsible message movie wrapped in an irresponsible exploitation flick that cries fire in a crowded theater. Read more

James Berardinelli, ReelViews: Crossing Over may hold some appeal for those who loved Crash, but this is a diluted cousin to a film that was overrated in the first place. Read more

Richard Roeper, Richard Apparently Sean Penn was cut from this film. Lucky him. Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: Crossing Over seems to strain, with too many characters, too many story strands and too much of an effort to cover the bases. Read more

Peter Travers, Rolling Stone: Trust Kramer, though, to spring surprises with the help of a risk-taking cast. Read more

Stephanie Zacharek, An interesting failure, a movie that at least strives to be about something, entangling itself with the question of what it means to be an American -- or, more specifically, what it means to deserve to live here. Read more

Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle: There's more genuine conviction in Ford's face, more complexity, honesty and ability to incite compassion, than everything else in Crossing Over combined. Read more

Dana Stevens, Slate: All of its plot threads are equally dreadworthy. Read more

Rick Groen, Globe and Mail: All we get is a mess of good liberal intentions loosely anchored to a mass of pure Hollywood hokum. Read more

Peter Howell, Toronto Star: The film is so choppy, especially in the final going, it appears that entire reels have been cut. Read more

Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out: Read more

David Jenkins, Time Out: 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. Read more

Claudia Puig, USA Today: Crossing Over has hurtled into Crash territory, and the smash-up is not a happy collision. Read more

Todd McCarthy, Variety: An overweeningly deterministic mosaic of U.S. immigration case studies. Read more