Identifying Features, from first-time director Fernanda Valadez, is like water in the desert for the mostly myopic genre of “la frontera” action films that depict the migration crisis at the southern border of the United States.
A movie about the border situation that explicitly avoids the Sicario or Narcos route of the unrelentingly violent drug-war epic indeed is a welcome change. Valadez signals her arrival as a young filmmaker, unapologetically both Mexican and female, with well-earned confidence in her artistic voice.
Beandrea July, The Hollywood Reporter
Subdued in tone and stoic in its approach to the dangers that can decimate an entire community, Identifying Features is admirable in its restraint, and all the more powerful because of it. Through a superb central performance by Hernández, the film gives an intimacy and a human face to an ongoing tragedy which has reached almost epidemic levels in Mexico.
Wendy Ide, Screen Daily