It's a satisfying and distinctively lovable film.
- Peter Bradshaw, Guardian [UK], April 05, 2012
A charming feel-good fantasy of 'Marxist' solidarity resurgent against the chill of post-9/11 modernity.
- Anton Bitel, Film4, April 05, 2012
Kaurismäki clearly knows this is a fantasy, and it's a perfectly pleasant one at that.
- Robbie Collin, Daily Telegraph, April 05, 2012
Le Havre could be described as the ever-quirky Aki Kaurismaki's 'wish list' film addressing today's tide of refugees who are usually faceless crowds or worse, corpses at the unintended end of their journey
- Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile, March 24, 2012
There's something extremely pure about this simple yet beautiful film in which ordinary people do extraordinary things
- Louise Keller, Urban Cinefile, March 24, 2012
Endearingly quirky, just this side of precious, but so warm and deftly executed that you go along with it.
- Jon Frosch, The Atlantic, March 07, 2012
[It's] a movie that - like fellow 2011 Cannes entry The Kid With A Bike - is all about generosity of spirit and the cosmic rewards afforded those who live compassionately.
- Simon Miraudo, Quickflix, January 17, 2012
"Le Havre" is a passing fancy of a film, but it passes quite nicely indeed.
- Tom Long, Detroit News, January 13, 2012
'Tis the season, so the saying goes. And when it comes to Aki Kaurismäki, it holds true. The Finnish writer-director arrives bearing a gift wrapped in a contemporary immigration fable.
- Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post, December 02, 2011
If the bummers and ambiguity of some of this season's movies are getting you down - or, hey, just the bummers and ambiguities of life - make your way to Le Havre. You won't be sorry.
- Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer, November 25, 2011
The Finnish director's sense of humor is dry and dark as pitch, as he consistently finds moments of absurdity in the midst of strife and tragedy.
- Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, November 10, 2011
Kaurismäki wrote the script, I think, with secret credit from Mother Goose and some fabric softener.
- Wesley Morris, Boston Globe, November 10, 2011
"Le Havre" is a small bit of movie magic, a story that plays more as a fable even as it deals with something as topical as immigration.
- Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic, November 10, 2011
The film is especially comforting if you love old movies, as Kaurismaki does.
- Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader, November 03, 2011
Does Kaurismaki believe in his own fairy tale? The movie, a humble delight, suggests the answer is yes.
- Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune, November 03, 2011
An exceeding droll comedy from Finnish master Aki Kaurismaki, whose dark worldview is balanced by a deep empathy for his blue-collar characters.
- Peter Howell, Toronto Star, November 03, 2011
A slog of old-fashioned ideals and utter non-whimsy.
- William Goss, Film.com, October 28, 2011
You almost become a citizen of Le Havre, watching this film and rejoicing at the end as two newfound, unexpected friends share a drink.
- Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times, November 10, 2011
A gorgeous hymn to the struggles of the working man.
- David Jenkins, Little White Lies, April 05, 2012
I was on cloud nine throughout the film: that place of Technicolored rapture where Kaurismäki fans dwell, and where past, present and oneiric future are rolled celestially into one.
- Nigel Andrews, Financial Times, April 04, 2012