Snakehead (2021)

Sister Tse comes to New York through a Snakehead, a human smuggler. She gains favor with the matriarch of the family of crime and she rises the ranks quickly. Soon Tse must reconcile her success with her real reason for coming to America.

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 29, 2021
DVD Release Date: October 29, 2021
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Critic Score: 68% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Odie Henderson

Snakehead entices you with a lurid premise, but the empathy that shines through the cracks of its tough exterior is the real surprise.

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Kristen Lopez

Because it's not saying anything particularly new, when it does fall into a gangster narrative, it has a vibrancy that you'll want more of.

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Todd Jorgenson

Heartfelt ambition gives way to heavy-handed execution in this gritty crime thriller that tries to find a different angle to the immigrant struggle.

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Beandrea July
New York Times

"Snakehead" tumbles all too quietly under the weight of its ambition.

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Justin Lowe
Hollywood Reporter

Leong adroitly captures both the vulnerability and the menace of a woman who finally takes control of her life after decades of victimization, delivering a taut crime drama...

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Dennis Harvey
48 Hills

The film is a good introduction to the general subject, but it pales beside the book's neck-deep inquiry.

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Richard Kuipers

Though it switches tone abrasively at times, and some story aspects feel a little too formulaic, "Snakehead" burns brightly when focused on the Faustian relationship of its formidable female characters.

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Kate Taylor
Globe and Mail

Leon's documentary realism is powerful - if tough on an audience - but his fiction skills are erratic...

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Courtney Small
That Shelf

While Leong's examination of the human trafficking landscape is captivating, the film falters when it swims in the overly crowded pool of gangster films.

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