• R, 1 hr. 31 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Georgia Lee
    In Theaters:
    Apr 22, 2005 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jan 30, 2007
  • Polychrome Pictures

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Red Doors Reviews

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David Noh
Film Journal International

Writer-director Georgia Lee is sadly not above such antic touches of whimsy in this family film, which rarely approaches anything akin to reality.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

March 1, 2007
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat

A smart, observant, and very entertaining film.

Full Review Source: Aisle Seat | Original Score: 3/4

January 29, 2007
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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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.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 12, 2007
Tim Cogshell
Boxoffice Magazine

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.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 29, 2006
Kim Voynar
Cinematical

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.

Full Review Source: Cinematical | Original Score: 3/5

September 27, 2006
G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle
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A gentle, pleasant film about people you genuinely like.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

September 22, 2006
Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
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A peppy if uneven charmer with a fetchingly wistful edge.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

September 21, 2006
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide

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

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 8, 2006
V.A. Musetto
New York Post
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... the script falls victim to the stereotypes and cliches so often found in movies about Asian-American families.

| Original Score: 2/4

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

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 8, 2006
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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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.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B

September 8, 2006
John Anderson
Newsday
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Well-shot, well-written film.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3/4

September 7, 2006
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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This agreeable, lightweight movie, written and directed by Georgia Lee, turns the malaises of a suburban family into bittersweet farce that teeters between cheeky humor and surface pathos.

| Original Score: 3/5

September 7, 2006
Chris Cabin
Filmcritic.com

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.

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 3/5

September 7, 2006
Logan Hill
New York Magazine/Vulture
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A few of the plot threads are woven more neatly than others, but the film makes for a promising debut.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

September 7, 2006
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics

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

| Original Score: 6/10

September 6, 2006
Edward Douglas
ComingSoon.net

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

Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net | Original Score: 3/10

September 5, 2006
Melissa Levine
Village Voice
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Red Doors is so well-meaning, with such obvious affection for its characters, that it pleases nonetheless.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

September 5, 2006
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine

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.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 1.5/4

August 26, 2006
Ronnie Scheib
Variety
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Despite pic's earnestness and obvious good intentions, narrative elements, carefully set forth though they may be, fall back on overfamiliar, underdeveloped tropes.

Full Review Source: Variety

September 1, 2005
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