El Norte
El Norte (1984)

"When will we find a home?" Rosa asks her brother Enrique at the end of their long journey. Alone in a strange land, they have only each other. The search for roots and the importance of family inform Gregory Nava's and Anna… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 27, 1984
DVD Release Date: January 20, 2009
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Critic Score: 84% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Roger Ebert

From the very first moments of El Norte, we know that we are in the hands of a great movie.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Though his subject is a serious one and his intentions are apparently noble, Nava has made a film that is essentially indistinguishable from Love Story.

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David Parkinson
Radio Times

A sobering glimpse of reality, that's also an irresistibly involving drama.

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Variety Staff

It is beautifully lensed and comes across as a kind of giant Renaissance canvas.

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David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

It's heartening to see this non-Hollywood production finding a solid niche in the commercial movie circuit.

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People Magazine

The result is a disturbing movie about hope and disappointment.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

El Norte is not exactly a great film, but it's a very good one that, through the devices of fiction, manages to provoke a number of healthily contradictory feelings about the world we all inhabit at the moment.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Splendid on nearly every level.

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Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis

Good intentions arent enough to compensate for bad editing, acting and writing.

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I'm sort of embarrassed that I like this so much, especially the part when it devolves into a horror story because of THE MICE OH MY GOD THE MICE, but I… More
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Brother and sister from Guatemala decide to seek refuge in the U.S. That's the first part. The second half details their life in that magical city in… More

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