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The Immigrant

  • Starring: Dagmara Dominczyk, Jeremy Renner, Joaquin Phoenix, Marion Cotillard
  • Director: James Gray
  • Genre(s): Drama, Mystery, Thriller, Romance
  • Rating: R
  • Running Time: 120 min.
  1. In search of a new start and the American dream, Ewa Cybulski (Marion Cotillard) and her sister Magda (Angela Sarafyan) sail to New York from their native Poland. When they reach Ellis Island, doctors discover that Magda is ill, and the two women are separated. Ewa is released onto the mean streets of Manhattan while her sister is quarantined. Alone, with nowhere to turn and desperate to reunite with Magda, she quickly falls prey to Bruno (Joaquin Phoenix), a charming but wicked man who takes her in and forces her into prostitution. And then one day, Ewa encounters Bruno’s cousin, the debonair magician Orlando (Jeremy Renner). He sweeps Ewa off her feet and quickly becomes her only chance to escape the nightmare in which she finds herself. [The Wild Bunch]
"Gray has a knack for wrapping big themes into an intimate embrace, and The Immigrant feels both epic and fine-grained."
- Stephanie Zacharek, Village Voice
"What really sets The Immigrant apart is how urgent it feels. Historical dramas often have a reserve that comes with perspective, but nearly a full century removed from this story, Gray seems, if anything, more emotionally invested here than in his contemporary dramas."
- Scott Tobias, The Dissolve
"The Immigrant is two hours long, but I stayed even longer in my seat, through the credits, still in thrall to it all. The title is singular, but the scope is not so easily quantifiable."
- Kimberley Jones, Austin Chronicle
"The film is earnestly and unabashedly melodramatic to an extent that may baffle audiences accustomed to clever, knowing historical fictions. But it also has a depth and purity of feeling that makes other movies feel timid and small by comparison."
- A.O. Scott, NY Times
"The Immigrant is one of those rare, strikingly beautiful film experiences that transport you to another world."
- Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Steeped in period atmosphere, "The Immigrant" tells the story of one woman's struggle, and it is a struggle indeed, to find her way in a new country."
- Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"You may often find yourself second-guessing the film, questioning how—and if—it will all come together. But by the time of the intense and impassioned climax, a storm of emotion is ensured: a great movie rising before you like a delusion, like a dream."
- Keith Uhlich, Time Out New York