Sin Nombre
Sin Nombre (2009)

Sayra, a teenager living in Honduras, hungers for a brighter future. A reunion with her long-estranged father gives Sayra her only real option--emigrating with her father and her uncle into Mexico and then the United States, where her… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: March 20, 2009
DVD Release Date: September 1, 2009
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Part harrowing immigration tale, part gangster story, this debut by writer/director Cary Fukunaga is sensitive, insightful and deeply authentic.

Trevor Johnston
Time Out

It's a tribute to the visceral impact of the staging that the film retains its grip despite becoming somewhat predictable, while thematically it's the usual cycle-of-violence hand wringing.

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Scott Tobias
AV Club

Fukunaga paints better outside the lines, working with cinematographer Adriano Goldman to offer vivid shots of the poverty and despair cutting through Latin America.

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Mark Asch
Stop Smiling

Sin Nombre still leaves an acrid aftertaste.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

The actors, particularly Flores, have a documentary reality about them. Their reactions to most of their predicaments, even the ones given away too easily by the script, are real in the most human sense.

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Justin Lowe
Hollywood Reporter

Intense Spanish-language feature debut intrigues but doesn't quite gel.

Chris Chang
Film Comment Magazine

[F]or all its raw simplicity, the film manages to conjure a veritable library of references.

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Dan Zak
Washington Post

Sin Nombre is pure filmmaking: a great story told in beautiful images.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

Brutal, wrenching and filled with desperation and meanness, Sin Nombre signals a major new talent in writer-director Cary Fukunaga, who never flinches while telling a story so grim and sad it moves beyond tears to numbness.

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

Fukunaga wastes no time with laborious explanations for his characters' motives.

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Flixster Audience Score: 88% Flixster User Reviews
xGary Xx
A gang member kills his boss when he tries to rape a young immigrant and together they try to make it across the border to the U.S. with his former friends in… More
Japes .
This movie was really good. It showed the true side of being in a gang. Everyone in the gang says they are brothers forever and will help each other out… More
Jens S.
This honest, realistic and sometimes painfully violent Latin-American film is about the dream of a better life beyond the Mexican border. On a train up North… More
Lorenzo von Matterhorn
<i>"The greatest sin of all is risking nothing."</i> Honduran teenager Sayra reunites with her father, an opportunity for her to… More
Dan Schultz
A well-made melodrama with firmly rooted Shakespearean underpinnings concerning a gang-member on the run (Edgar Flores) after he murders one of his own, and how… More
Cynthia S.
Wow...most excellent!! This was a very interesting, and rather shocking look at a part of life in Mexico that I never even imagined. This story was very well… More