The Immigrant
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In James Gray's THE IMMIGRANT, Ewa Cybulski (Marion Cotillard) and her sister sail to New York from their native Poland in search of a new start and the American dream. When they reach Ellis Island, doctors discover that Magda (Angela Sarafyan) is ill, and the two women are separated. Ewa is released onto the mean streets of Manhattan while her sister is quarantined. Alone, with nowhere to turn and desperate to reunite with Magda, Ewa quickly falls prey to Bruno (Joaquin Phoenix), a charming but wicked man who takes her in and forces her into prostitution. The arrival of Orlando (Jeremy… More

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"The film is an achievement. Its complex reckoning of moral decency deserves a bigger audience."
‑ Wesley Morris, Grantland
"An astonishingly beautiful, irresistibly grim movie ..."
‑ G. Allen Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle
"As terrific as Cotillard is, Gray's coldly cerebral style keeps Ewa's plight at too far a remove."
‑ Michael Dequina,
""The Immigrant" suffices as a theatrical experience, in the end, the appreciation for its visual and detailed nature are the only things that impress."
‑ Clayton Davis,
"Gray creates impeccable period detail here, recalling the graceful, masterly images from The Godfather Part II. He gets flawless performances from his actors, especially Cotillard, who is forced to keep so much inside."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Gray's movie is an almost flawlessly articulated example of the kind of thing we like to say they just don't make any more: serious, adult, character-driven and impassioned."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Globe and Mail
"This is Gray's most mature work, and the picture raises Cotillard to a select pantheon."
‑ David Thomson, The New Republic
"Marion Cotillard is a tearful, too-lovely newcomer to a harsh America in the early 1920s."
‑ Mal Vincent, The Virginian-Pilot
"The Immigrant isn't a lot fun, but it's touched with a kind of greatness we don't see very often."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"...the writer/director's attempts at eliciting an emotional response fall completely and hopelessly flat."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"At times, Khondji's golden portraiture can make the characters seem encased in amber. But there's a tremendous payoff for the patient."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"It's a little freaky to watch Phoenix go at it, a smooth-talking beguiler who suddenly turns stumblebum. But there's nothing freakish about Cotillard."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"As haunting, and haunted, as any of [James Gray's] prior achievements."
‑ Rob Humanick, Projection Booth
"... stylishly captures its setting, and its more general depiction of Ewa's haunting journey crosses not only geographical boundaries, but chronological and emotional ones, as well."
‑ Todd Jorgenson,
"...a stubbornly old-fashioned lovesick tale in which the bonds of passion and family are stretched to their snapping point."
‑ Chris Barsanti, Film Racket
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