Cannes buzz: ‘The Immigrant’ divides critics

On Friday, May 24, James Gray's film "The Immigrant" is causing a buzz on the social networks after premiering at Cannes.

"The Immigrant," starring  Jeremy Renner, Marion Cotillard and Joaquin Phoenix, follows the lives of immigrants from Poland trying to make a new start in tough 1920s New York. The film is splitting critics and causing a stir across the social networks.

Film critic Cédric Succivalli (@OnTheCroisette) seems to be impressed with Gray's effort, tweeting "All I can say so far about The Immigrant is that I already want to see it again." Freelance film critic Guy Lodge (@GuyLodge) also seems to be relatively impressed with the film tweeting "THE IMMIGRANT (B+/A-) Fifty shades of Gray. Silent romance with words, not that the leads need them. Nykvistian imagery. Floored by finale."

However other critics are less impressed, such as Film Editor for Time Out London Dave Calhoun, (@DaveCalhoun) who tweeted, "CANNES REVIEW: 'lifeless and unconvincing'. James Gray's 'The Immigrant'" followed by a link to his review for Time Out. Guardian film critic Xan Brooks (@XanBrooks) also voiced strong opinions, tweeting "The Immigrant plays founding myth of America as lumbering sepia-toned melodrama. Dogged first half, then the film falls flat #cannes2013."Film journalist for The Indiewire Eric Kohn (@EricKohn) sums up the divisive nature of "The Immigrant," tweeting "James Gray's THE IMMIGRANT is impressively, flawed, ambitious, the most divisive competition film at #cannes:" followed by a link to his article."tb/kc