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Red Doors (2005)

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67

Average Rating: 6.5/10
Critic Reviews: 12
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 4

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71

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Average Rating: 3.6/5
User Ratings: 1,589

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The retired patriarch of a New York-based Chinese-American family finds that escaping the insanity of his decidedly dysfunctional clan is more difficult than he anticipated in a thoughtful family drama from writer/director Georgia Lee. There was a time when the Wong's were happy, but time has a strange way of transforming relationships and now all that Ed Wong (Tzi Ma) can see in his family is frustration and rebellion. Though he longs to flee to the calming confines of an upstate Buddhist

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Drama, Comedy

Georgia Lee

Jan 30, 2007

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All Critics (22) | Top Critics (12) | Fresh (13) | Rotten (9) | DVD (6)

Not surprisingly, the three Wong sisters and their father could exist in separate movies -- their (short) stories are interesting but not convincingly knit together. Think of Red Doors as a promise, and hope that [director] Georgia Lee keeps it.

January 12, 2007 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe
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A gentle, pleasant film about people you genuinely like.

September 22, 2006 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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A peppy if uneven charmer with a fetchingly wistful edge.

September 21, 2006 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
L.A. Weekly
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... the script falls victim to the stereotypes and cliches so often found in movies about Asian-American families.

September 8, 2006
New York Post
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Red Doors feels like a first-time film; quirks are overplayed while themes remain underdeveloped.

September 8, 2006 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News
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Named for the traditional Chinese color of good luck, the gentle indie drama Red Doors is really more in the rosy pink range of the color palette than a more primary emotional hue.

September 8, 2006 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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Writer-director Georgia Lee is sadly not above such antic touches of whimsy in this family film, which rarely approaches anything akin to reality.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

A smart, observant, and very entertaining film.

January 29, 2007 Full Review Source: Aisle Seat
Aisle Seat

This family drama is balanced between equal measures of dark humor and pathos so that Red Doors floats gently between sentimentality and cynicism. It's a lovely little film, and well done.

September 29, 2006 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

You don't have to be Asian-American to appreciate the Wongs with all their flaws and missteps; this could be your family, or the family of anyone you know, and in that way the film crosses that invisible genre line in the sand.

September 27, 2006 Full Review Source: Cinematical
Cinematical

Like many first-time writer-directors, she packs five films' worth of drama, crises and revelations into one, and often lapses into sitcom triteness.

September 8, 2006 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Two storylines make Red Doors an enjoyable film but there are so many things holding it back (the mother/wife's story is given no real time to connect with the audience) that stop it from being a respectable movie.

September 7, 2006 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

Although deserving a place in the annals of dignified cinema, Georgia Lee's breakthough feature film is a snoozer.

September 6, 2006
Monsters and Critics

Doesn't bode well for the Tribeca Film Festival that this was considered the best dramatic feature.

September 5, 2006 Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net
ComingSoon.net

The director attempts a disquisition on the beast of ethnic assimilation, except her point is obvious only in the way she lazily cobbles her story together from the worst indie-movie clichés made fashionable in the wake of American Beauty.

August 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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Audience Reviews for Red Doors

A comically suicidal father, a FOB-ie mother, and their three daughters, including an Asian punk, an advertising executive, and a lesbian doctor, try to find their place in American culture.
This film's strengths are its ability to present characters who are both flawed and genuinely good human beings. By the end of the film, I couldn't help but root for each of these people. Also, there are profoundly effective moments when we share in the joy and nostalgia that each of these characters feels for their old culture and lost youth. Backed against these dramatic moments are some very funny segments. The relatively violent flirtation between Katie and the boy at school provides some good comic relief, and for those of you who find a sick humor in ludicrously executed suicide attempts, Ed is your guy. Finally, I think there is the perfect balance between telling the story via dialogue and images.
Unfortunately, I can't say that the characters ever rise beyond types. Most of them fall into some Asian-American stereotype. Thus, the film, in its attempt to problematize the dominant view of the Asian-American experience, ultimately doesn't add enough complication or personalization.
Overall, Red Doors is a strong film, but it could have been so much more.
April 15, 2011
hunterjt13
Jim Hunter

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Slight, but decent. Not a terrible lot happens, and I wouldn't recommend going out of your way to see this, but there are worse uses of an hour and a half.
April 27, 2009
romy861

Super Reviewer

[font=Century Gothic]In "Red Doors," Ed(Tzi Ma) has just retired and with little to do during the day, turns his mind to suicide but is consantly interrupted.(One of the universal truths is that there is never anything good on television during the day.) His eldest daughter, Sam(Jacqueline Kim), can sense something wrong and buys him three months worth of psychiatric visits for his birthday. She is also engaged to be married to Mark(Jayce Bartok), when an old flame, Alex(Rossif Sutherland), reenters her life. The middle daughter, Julie(Elaine Kao), works as an intern in a hospital in New York City where an actress, Mia Scarlett(Mia Riverton), is researching a role. The only possible underachiever in the family is Katie(Kathy Shao-Lin Lee), who attends high school where she pursues an unusual flirtation with Simon(Sebastian Stan).[/font]

[font=Century Gothic]"Red Doors" is a gentle and winning but slightly predictable comedy of manners that is concerned with communication between loved ones, or lack therein of any. So, when we do not have the words to express how we feel, sometimes a gesture can accomplish the same thing, even if it may seem a little odd.[/font]
October 4, 2007
Harlequin68
Walter M.

Super Reviewer

Fantastic movie! Amazing story plot. Here's an interesting movie about a Chinese-American family that connect, and help each other, in the various day-to-day life, in both good and hard times. Great cast. Hilarious! A must-see!
June 26, 2008
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Leo L

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