Red Doors Reviews

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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
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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
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Ronnie Scheib
Variety
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.
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
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
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
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
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
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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
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.
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
September 21, 2006
A peppy if uneven charmer with a fetchingly wistful edge.
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
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
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
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John Anderson
Newsday
September 7, 2006
Well-shot, well-written film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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
Pete Vonder Haar
Film Threat
June 21, 2005
A pleasant enough experience. However, it probably could have used a little more of the bizarre or dysfunctional to spice things up.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Logan Hill
New York Magazine/Vulture
September 7, 2006
A few of the plot threads are woven more neatly than others, but the film makes for a promising debut.
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Melissa Levine
Village Voice
September 5, 2006
Red Doors is so well-meaning, with such obvious affection for its characters, that it pleases nonetheless.
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Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter
September 1, 2005
Without overdoing the quirk factor or the melodrama, Lee shows a sure feel for family dynamics, and her light touch brings out the best in the ensemble's lovely, understated performances.
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
January 29, 2007
A smart, observant, and very entertaining film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
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