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Longtime documentary director Nick Broomfield (Kurt & Courtney, Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of a Serial Killer) eschews the format with which filmgoers generally associate him to tell this affecting tale of Chinese émigrés looking to earn a healthy, albeit illegal, living in the U.K. Ai Qin is a desperate mother from Fujian who is willing to pay the Snakehead gang 25,000 dollars to smuggle her into the U.K. Once there, Ai Qin plans to send the majority of the money back to China order to support her son and family. But life in the U.K. isn't easy, even for the hardest-working Chinese… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Worth seeing, not just for its message, but also for the intriguing way it uses documentary tools to tell a true story."
‑ Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle
"Extremely compelling."
‑ Kevin Kelly, Cinematical
"A strikingly well-made film, highlighting a serious issue in a powerfully resonant way."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"It's an astute move to step back behind the camera. This is a story powerful enough to need little help in getting its point across."
‑ , Times [UK]
"Bookended by the terrible tragedy that befell Ai Qin and her friends, this is raw, heartfelt stuff - and enough to make you choke on your salad."
‑ David Edwards, Daily Mirror [UK]
"Veteran documentary filmmaker Nick Broomfield makes an impressive leap to features with Ghosts."
‑ James Greenberg, Hollywood Reporter
"Finely balanced and well-argued, this is a work, which like its protagonist Ai Qin, has a quiet strength."
‑ Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film
"Powerful, superbly directed and frequently harrowing docu-drama with a strong performance by Ai Qin Lin."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"From the stunning horizon-spanning opening to the nerve-shredding climax, controversial documentary-maker Nick Broomfield moves seamlessly into feature films."
‑ Stuart McGurk, thelondonpaper
"A valuably tactless, steady, clear-eyed look at the tragedy and cruelty of the new globalised serfdom."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"It has its weak points as drama - some stilted acting, especially - but when the topic itself is so in need of exposure, much can be forgiven in favour of the film's social and political importance. And important it certainly is."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"An extremely sincere depiction of the immigrant experience. Its core story isn't particularly better or worse than those of most other films about the immigrant experience, but it captures certain moments with gripping clarity."
‑ Jeremy Mathews, Film Threat
"Broomfield has great visual style, exposing-Britain's ugliness and beauty at every turn."
‑ Charlotte O'Sullivan, This is London
"Broomfield, inspired by Ken Loach and perhaps too by Michael Winterbottom in his exposure of the migrants' plight, has made a film surprising in its intensity and compassion."
‑ Anthony Quinn, Independent
"If you didn't know filmmaker Nick Broomfield was behind Ghosts you'd be forgiven for thinking it was a Michael Winterbottom film."
‑ Jamie Russell,
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