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

  • 2.0

    out of 100

    Generally unfavorable reviews
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    critic review scores.

  • 10

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Wayne Kramer's interlocking saga of immigration in 21st-century America definitely crosses over, from workaday mediocrity to distinctive dreadfulness.

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  • 30

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter

    The film plays like a garish melodrama that reproduces the most ham-fisted, polemical aspects of "Crash."

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  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    There is undoubtedly a good movie in the varied experiences of American newcomers. But it would need to involve sagas more urgent and more original.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Some of these stories are fascinating and some are heartbreaking, but together they seem too contrived.

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  • 67

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Crossing Over is so eager to go for the emotional jugular that it never quite forges an enlightening point of view.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 16+

Intense immigration drama doesn't live up to its intentions.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this mature drama isn't likely to be on most teens' must-see lists. In the same vein as Traffic and Crash, it attempts to capture the complex nature of immigration to America (both legal and illegal), with desperate characters doing desperate things. While the film presents a nuanced, complex look at the issue, it also contains scenes of blunt sexuality (including partial nudity) and brutal violence (intense shootouts and more). There's also lots of strong language ("f--k," racial epithets, and more), drinking, and smoking.

  • Families can talk about the movie's central issue of immigration. Why do you think this issue is a hot button in the media?
  • How do TV shows and movies typically address the issue of immigration? And why do you thinkso many people break the law to live in America, risking their freedomand/or their lives?
  • Do you think the immigration process is easier forCaucasian, English-speaking immigrants than it is for people of color?Why or why not? How hard -- and how necessary -- is it for immigrantsto adapt their cultural values to fit within the American mainstream?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: The movie is full of illegal and unethical acts (bribery, extorion, and much more), all of which have ramifications and consequences that weigh heavily on the minds of those committing them -- or result in their comeuppance.

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: Characters discuss terrorism, racism, and religious prejudice, andfamilies are forced to make difficult decisions. Small lies are told inthe service of the greater good. On the up side, law enforcementofficers choose to go above and beyond the call of duty in the name ofdecency.

What to watch for
  • violence false4

    Violence: Extreme violence, including several graphic shooting deaths (two of the characters killed are a couple in bed after making love). There's also scuffling, some blood and gore, and intense shootouts. Dead bodies are seen.

  • sex false4

    Sex: Multiple sex scenes. Female nudity (chest and buttocks) and male nudity (buttocks). Discussions of adultery. An immigration official has an arrangement with an illegal immigrant: She's available to him sexually, and he gets her a Green Card. Some cleavage.

  • language false4

    Language: Repeated strong language, including "f--k" and its variations, "Jesus," "Goddammit," "ass," "s--t," "bitch," "c--t," "piss," and more. Also racial epithets like "gook," "sand n----r," "wetback," and "raghead."

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: Brands that are visible or discussed include Budweiser, Froot Loops, Glock handguns, Photoshop, Crunch gyms, and more.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Characters smoke cigarettes and drink champagne, hard liquor, and wine. Two characters enjoy what is clearly a joint.