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

Red Doors Reviews

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David Noh
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007

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

Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
January 29, 2007

A smart, observant, and very entertaining film.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
Top Critic
January 12, 2007

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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
Tim Cogshell
Boxoffice Magazine
September 29, 2006

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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
Kim Voynar
Cinematical
September 27, 2006

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 | Original Score: 3/5
G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic
September 22, 2006

A gentle, pleasant film about people you genuinely like.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic
September 21, 2006

A peppy if uneven charmer with a fetchingly wistful edge.

Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide
September 8, 2006

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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
V.A. Musetto
New York Post
Top Critic
September 8, 2006

... the script falls victim to the stereotypes and cliches so often found in movies about Asian-American families.

| Original Score: 2/4
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
Top Critic
September 8, 2006

Red Doors feels like a first-time film; quirks are overplayed while themes remain underdeveloped.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic
September 8, 2006

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 | Original Score: B
John Anderson
Newsday
Top Critic
September 7, 2006

Well-shot, well-written film.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Stephen Holden
New York Times
Top Critic
September 7, 2006

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
Chris Cabin
Filmcritic.com
September 7, 2006

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 | Original Score: 3/5
Logan Hill
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic
September 7, 2006

A few of the plot threads are woven more neatly than others, but the film makes for a promising debut.

Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
September 6, 2006

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

| Original Score: 6/10
Edward Douglas
ComingSoon.net
September 5, 2006

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

Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Melissa Levine
Village Voice
Top Critic
September 5, 2006

Red Doors is so well-meaning, with such obvious affection for its characters, that it pleases nonetheless.

Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
August 26, 2006

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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
Ronnie Scheib
Variety
Top Critic
September 1, 2005

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

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