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Beyond Borders Review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 2.0
    32

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally unfavorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 20

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    A sudsless soap opera with human misery as a backdrop for romantic banality.

  • 40

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    Even assuming the best possible motives by its makers, Beyond Borders runs the risk of making human suffering exotic while glamorizing white disaster relief workers in the Third World.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    When the suffering of real children is used to enhance the image of movie stars who fall in love against the backdrop of their suffering, a certain decency is lacking. Beyond Borders wants it both ways -- glamor up front, and human misery in the background to lend it poignancy.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Jolie, in this movie at least, has exactly two expressions: blank wistfulness and blank dismay. She reduces the tides of history to one more raided tomb.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Angelina Jolie slums her way through Beyond Borders, a film that telegraphs its plot and then drags ploddingly, its humane spirit obscured by an inane script and Jolie's implausible character.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

not for kids

Important issues buried in soap opera silliness.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has very intense peril and violence and many scenes with starving and severely wounded people, including children. Characters are killed. There are moments of great cruelty. A man gives a baby a grenade to play with to demonstrate how little he cares for anyone or anything. There are non-explicit sexual situations, including adultery. Characters drink, smoke, and use very strong language.

  • Families can talk about how Sarah, Elliot, and Nick decide what compromises they will and will not make.

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Characters killed. There are moments of great cruelty. A man gives a baby a grenade to play with to demonstrate how little he cares for anyone or anything. Intense peril, scenes with starving and severely wounded people, including children.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Non-explicit sexual situations, including adultery.

  • language false3

    Language: Some strong language.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Smoking and alcohol.

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