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Crossing Over (2009)



Critic 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.

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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 (110) | Top Critics (51)

Being over-stuffed and heavy-handed are not even Crossing Over's biggest problems. That dubious honour goes to an absolute failure to address its nominal subject-matter in any meaningful way.

July 31, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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.

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

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.

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

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

The whole exercise feels exploitative.

July 31, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Well-acted but increasingly either melodramatic or just plain dull.

July 31, 2009 | Rating: 2/5

Audience Reviews for Crossing Over


A really good movie with Harrison Ford. It's been a long time since I could utter those words.

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

Harrison Ford the whip cracking hero of old can hardly pick a good film to save himself these days but Crossing Over is decent effort. He plays an immigration officer controlling the border of Mexico but his job is only a small part of the bigger picture of immigrants entering America. The film is similiar to "Crash" and "Traffic" in that, there are many characters who intertwine in each others lives and the impact the decisions they make have on others. It's not as good as the previous films mentioned but a decent effort and some good performances by Ford and a real sleazy Ray Liotta.

Mark Walker
Mark Walker

Super Reviewer


Harrison Ford plays an immigration officer and movie shows different cases that are handled everyday. Was I touched, not in the slightest. Becoming a legal citizen of any country requires more then just hitting US Soil, and the Bill of Rights and US Constitution touch on immigration in no way. Overall movie worth 3 stars but will add another 1/2

Bruce Bruce
Bruce Bruce

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