Identifying Features

critic Reviews

, 100% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • A slow-burning descent into desperation, Identifying Features uses one shattered family's ordeal to offer a harrowing look at the immigrant experience.
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    Ty BurrBoston Globe
    An austere, gorgeously shot parable of chaos and loss in modern Mexico, "Identifying Features" is an assured directorial debut from Fernanda Valadez...
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    Carlos AguilarAV Club
    Making her feature debut, Mexican writer-director Fernanda Valadez finds a personal tragedy within a national one... She's made a humanitarian lament by way of a slow-burn thriller.
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    Robert AbeleLos Angeles Times
    Equal parts odyssey, investigation and descent, this eerily shattering dispatch from the heart of a grief-beset country... has the power to expand our notions of what a border story is.
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    Monica CastilloRogerEbert.com
    Identifying Features peels back that feel-good façade of the 'coming to America' narrative for a much more painful reality, one that feels freshly steeped in tears, heartache, and headlines.
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    Kate ErblandindieWire
    Magdalena is a woman driven by her need for answers, and while "Identifying Features" doesn't provide all of them, it offers a rich window into the search for the truth.
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    Josh KupeckiAustin Chronicle
    An unsettling feeling hums through the film, and remains well after. Less of a jolt, then; call it a sustained current.
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    Robert RotenLaramie Movie Scope
    Unlike most road movies, which are about the characters which turn up on the trip. This movie is more about the effect that the words these people speak have on one character, Magdalena.
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    Chase HutchinsonThe Stranger (Seattle, WA)
    A haunting and beautifully realized film, Identifying Features (Sin señas particulares) is a meticulously constructed work that teeters on the edge of magical realism.
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    Fernanda SolórzanoLetras Libres
    Nothing can prepare audiences for the development of this story. [Full Review in Spanish]
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    Katie DugganFilm Daze
    Valadez showcases a carefully crafted aesthetic emphasizing isolation in this debut feature, and there are plenty of "identifying features" that signal she is a remarkable talent to follow.
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