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Gatekeeper (2001)

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Average Rating: 5.4/10
Critic Reviews: 11
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 5

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Adam Fields (John Carlos Frey, who also wrote, directed, and produced the film) is a law enforcement agent patrolling the Mexican border outside San Diego. He's harboring two dangerous secrets. His bosses don't know that he belongs to a racist, right wing vigilante group called National Patrol, that harasses and assaults illegals as they try to cross the border. His confederates in the National Patrol don't know that his own mother is Mexican. Adam, who easily passes for Caucasian, doesn't tell

Oct 12, 2004

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All Critics (22) | Top Critics (12) | Fresh (11) | Rotten (10)

Despite its flaws, The Gatekeeper will keep you engaged.

April 30, 2004 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
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The movie never rises above mediocrity and at times, devolves into amateurish histrionics.

April 8, 2004 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
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A heavy-handed immigration melodrama.

April 8, 2004
New York Post
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Though the film is far from polished, the force of its significance to Mr. Frey, as well as the urgency of its political message, give it some genuine impact.

April 1, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Times
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The truly hellish portrayal of the workers' post-crossing indentured servitude in a meth lab makes up for a sluggish opening act.

March 30, 2004 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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This deeply personal work steadily grows more powerful and eloquent, creating a tragic vision of the plight of illegal aliens that transcends its melodramatic elements.

March 18, 2004 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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The film would be destined for limited interest even if it had a good script, which it didn't.

April 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
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While his instincts as a director could use some sharpening, Frey's performance and script, brought to life by a solid supporting cast, are both uncommonly smart.

April 2, 2004 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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Suffers from a condition that afflicts most 'message' movies -- heavy-handed preachiness.

March 19, 2004 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News
Los Angeles Daily News

A commendable effort that draws attention to a largely invisible problem.

March 17, 2004 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

A very personal and heartfelt film, if one that shows the strains of its low budget and strident desire to tell an Important Story.

September 6, 2003
Las Vegas Weekly

Surprisingly vigorous and emotionally wrenching.

August 14, 2003 Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star
Arizona Daily Star

Frey the moralizer is the problem. It's clear from reading a synopsis of the film that Frey's pro-immigration, but some of the narrative techniques he uses to push his point are too blatant as devices

August 6, 2003 Full Review Source: New Times
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