Beyond Borders 2003

Critics score:
14 / 100

Reviews provided by RottenTomatoes

Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press: At its worst, Beyond Borders could be accused of exploiting the very cause it wants to champion; at its best, it only makes us wish someone had abandoned this campaign as a lost cause, and started all over again. Read more

Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald: A disastrously clumsy, heavy-handed movie. Read more

Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper: ... an old-fashioned romance. Read more

Erik Lundegaard, Seattle Times: It's an inspiring story. I just wish a better movie accompanied it. Read more

Mark Caro, Chicago Tribune: [Campbell] can't overcome the basic tension of trying to elicit honest, conscience-tweaking audience reactions in the context of a broadly entertaining movie. Read more

Elvis Mitchell, New York Times: A liberal video game that demeans the very refugees it tries to spotlight. Read more

Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Good intentions can't overcome a disjointed story. Read more

Ty Burr, Boston Globe: Beyond Borders so trivializes the plight of the world's displaced peoples that it becomes actively obnoxious. Read more

Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times: An unreal film about a real situation, unavoidably cartoonish, as was the earlier Tears of the Sun, in its attempt to join crucial issues to ridiculous melodrama. Read more

Eric Harrison, Houston Chronicle: Despite their blatant use of humanitarianism for marketing purposes, it's obvious the filmmakers' hearts are in the right place, but the sort of consciousness raising the movie tries to do only works if it's enveloped in a compelling story. Read more

Paul Clinton (, A powerful, deeply moving film that takes you on a stirring journey straight to your heart. Read more

Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post: Beyond Borders invites ruminations about style over substance. Read more

Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly: It's proof that the Zhivago / Reds / English Patient school of 'world cataclysm as amorous backdrop' may no longer be viable, at least as applied to contemporary crises. Read more

Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail: The movie is mired in its good intentions, and ends up looking opportunistic and gauche. Read more

Philip Wuntch, Dallas Morning News: A listless affair. Read more

Scott Foundas, L.A. Weekly: It's easy to get caught up in the whole, soap-opera thrust of the thing. Read more

Jan Stuart, Newsday: Potent stuff for part of the way, then it nose-dives into a sublime kind of awfulness. Read more

Jack Mathews, New York Daily News: An awful movie. Read more

Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel: Beyond Borders should have been called Beyond Boredom. Read more

James Berardinelli, ReelViews: An unconvincing melodrama that seems more interested in pushing an agenda and preaching than in developing legitimate, compelling characters. Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: Beyond Borders has good intentions and wants to call attention to the plight of refugees, but what a clueless vulgarization it makes of its worthy motives. Read more

Stephanie Zacharek, A melodrama with pretensions to humanitarian generosity. Read more

C.W. Nevius, San Francisco Chronicle: Beyond Borders is a film with its heart in the right place. Unfortunately, its head is stuck so far in the clouds that it dissolves into preachy do-gooder mush. Read more

Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune: The formula that gave life to such poignant and powerful films as The Killing Fields and The Year of Living Dangerously this time results in something closer to parody. Read more

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Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star: To imagine that there are those who would scoff at the idea that fashion cares! As Beyond Borders demonstrates with such lavish sensitivity, fashion cares like nothing else. When it comes to giving up food, fashion practically spews concern. Read more

Claudia Puig, USA Today: A far-fetched romantic adventure. Read more

Mark Holcomb, Village Voice: It all becomes little more than feel-good-about- feeling-bad window dressing, like an issue of Utne Reader in Dolby Surround Sound. Read more

Jen Chaney, Washington Post: Well-intentioned but astonishingly flat. Read more