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Beyond Borders

War . Adventure . Romance . Drama

Beyond Borders is an epic tale of the turbulent romance between two star-crossed lovers set against the backdrop of the world's most dangerous hot spots. Academy Award winner Angelina Jolie stars as Sarah Jordan, an American living in London in 1984. She is married to Henry Bauford son of a wealthy British industrialist, when she encounters Nick Callahan a renegade doctor, whose impassioned plea for help to support his relief efforts in war-torn Africa moves her deeply. As a result, Sarah embarks upon a journey of discovery that leads to danger, heartbreak and romance in the far corners of the world.

Actors: Kate Trotter , Iain Lee , Jonathan Higgins , Timothy West , Yorick van Wageningen , Noah Emmerich , Linus Roache , Teri Polo , Clive Owen , Angelina Jolie
Directors: Martin Campbell
Country: USA , GERMANY
Release: 2003-10-24
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  • William Arnold

    Its heart is in the right place, and it doesn't flinch an iota from its duty of rubbing our faces in the horror of the Third World over the past two decades.

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer Full Review
  • Megan Lehmann

    Makes an earnest stab at illustrating the hardships and sacrifices humanitarian workers contend with - but in the end, all the suffering merely forms an amorphous backdrop for a Harlequin romance.

    New York Post Full Review
  • 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.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Mark Caro

    By throwing so much weight to the love story and increasingly contrived setups, the movie does what you secretly, guiltily hope it will do: It lets you off the hook.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Carrie Rickey

    My advice: Skip Beyond Borders and write a check to the Red Cross or Doctors Without Borders.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • 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.

    USA Today Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    The film's heart is undoubtedly in the right place, but so what? Fine ideals don't mean much when they're couched in an inert, pointless storyline.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Scott Warren

    When it's all over and it's apparent that entire sections of the film are irrelevant and the paper-thin love story leaves you unsatisfied, hold your tongue, and try to remember that this film is v-e-r-y important.

    Premiere Full Review
  • Liam Lacey

    The mould for all these stories of hot lust and burning cities, creamy-skinned rich girls and their bitter lovers is that grand and grotesque cinema monument, was "Gone With the Wind." You can't go there again and you shouldn't want to.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • 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.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Scott Foundas

    As kitsch, however, it's pretty enjoyable. Jolie and Owen perform with such conviction, and the film -- blissfully unaware of its own badness -- takes its paperback-romance shenanigans with such goofy gravity, that it's easy to get caught up in the whole, soap-opera thrust of the thing.

    L.A. Weekly Full Review
  • Jonathan Rosenbaum

    A superior soap opera, evocative at times of Warren Beatty's "Reds."

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • 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.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Ken Fox

    A cheesy romance tricked up in cheap sanctimony.

    TV Guide Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    Has a TV Movie of the Week righteousness about it -- you can feel the way the filmmakers and the director are struggling to educate us, even as they must surely know, deep in their hearts, that the florid, doomed romance is the real focus of the movie. Full Review
  • Luke Y. Thompson

    It's not a bad film, exactly, just a confused one, too violent to be a straight romance and too focused on aid relief to be an ass-kicking action flick.

    Dallas Observer Full Review
  • Jack Mathews

    Of this much I'm sure: It's an awful movie.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Michael Sragow

    Beyond Borders keeps angling for a peace prize; it might have won more hearts and minds if it came together as a movie.

    Baltimore Sun Full Review
  • Mark Holcomb

    It all becomes little more than feel-good-about-feeling-bad window dressing, like an issue of "Utne Reader" in Dolby Surround Sound.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Kenneth Turan

    The hard truth is that the line between being deadly earnest and unintentionally silly is thinner than these people think, and Beyond Borders turns out to be an unreal film about a real situation, unavoidably cartoonish, as was the earlier "Tears of the Sun," in its attempt to join crucial issues to ridiculous melodrama.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Todd McCarthy

    Star-driven, high-minded claptrap that, fatally, can't even rig a rooting interest in its central love story.

    Variety Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    This is a disastrously clumsy, heavy-handed movie, one so desperate and exploitative that it resorts to putting a live grenade in the hands of a baby in order to get its message across.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • C.W. Nevius

    A film with its heart in the right place. Unfortunately, its head is stuck so far in the clouds that it dissolves into preachy do- gooder mush.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    Worse than junk, in fact. Beyond Borders so trivializes the plight of the world's displaced peoples that it becomes actively obnoxious.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Shawn Levy

    Such a staggering, start-to-finish disaster that you don't know how to begin detailing its outrages and failings.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Marc Savlov

    I came out of Beyond Borders with the gnawing feeling I'd just been subjected to some sort of ghastly prank, Punk’d by the director of "GoldenEye" with Lara Croft as his willing confederate.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Keith Phipps

    Send a check to UNICEF and go see "Lost In Translation," "Mystic River," or "Kill Bill" instead.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • A.O. Scott

    All hope is lost for those trapped in theaters with this picture.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Libby Copeland

    The premise of the movie deserves better.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • David Denby

    There is evidence that at some point this project (which was initiated by Oliver Stone) might have been serious, but Campbell has produced little more than a churning, vivid backdrop for romance. [10 November 2003, p. 129]

    The New Yorker Full Review
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