Golden Door Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
July 13, 2007
Yes, the details are spot-on and realistic in the extreme. But we've seen them before. It's the story Crialese hangs this detail on that's weak.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 10, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Bill Gibron
Filmcritic.com
January 8, 2008
is all facade and no force
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Rob Bennett
Empire Magazine
June 29, 2007
Tedious and bland - entry denied!
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jim Hemphill
Reel.com
May 25, 2007
Beautifully made but simple-minded Oscar bait, a film guaranteed to offend no one and to attract a large contingent fans who will love it for the nobility of its intentions and the earnestness of its performances.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Rob Salem
Toronto Star
June 15, 2007
I've got to be honest here. In the interest of full disclosure, I must confess that I was not entirely awake all the way through.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 23, 2007
Not as inspiring as it should be.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
August 17, 2008
I would imagine that if you have a close connection to Ellis Island immigrants, you will be similarly touched by this movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
May 25, 2007
The movie never really comes alive, and [director] Crialese's coyness with Lucy's character is more frustrating than mysterious.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Boyd van Hoeij
european-films.net
September 15, 2006
Proof of the director's unwillingness to improve on the scattershot ideas and shaky character development that also plagued his previous effort Respiro.
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
June 11, 2007
All too successful in evoking the simple-mindedness of its immigrant naifs and the interminability of the Atlantic passage.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Gregory Kirschling
Entertainment Weekly
May 23, 2007
Despite a few welcome bits of whimsy, Door feels as long as a transatlantic voyage.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Sura Wood
Hollywood Reporter
April 27, 2007
A series of static, poetic tableaux rather than a full-blown cinematic experience, screenwriter-director Emanuele Crialese's Golden Door drains the drama and iconography out of an inherently dramatic, iconic story.
Shawn Levy
Oregonian
June 22, 2007
Images on a movie screen can either show the truth literally or evoke it emotionally. The Golden Door, tries to do both, alternating visions of stark realism with poetically dreamlike material in an unsteady and, ultimately, unsatisfying blend.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International
May 24, 2007
It's easier to respect Crialese's accomplishments than understand his characters.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
May 31, 2007
[A] draggy Italian epic that's big on production values but skimpy on inspiration.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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David Fear
Time Out
June 2, 2007
Can someone please call for a moratorium on gratuitous magical realism?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
June 13, 2007
Rather like a sociological document narrated in a flamboyantly rhapsodic visual style...more affected than affecting.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
June 15, 2007
Unfolding like a gorgeous coffee-table book of photographs, Emanuele Crialese's film Golden Door is as lovely to look at as it is dramatically inert.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Phoebe Flowers
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
June 21, 2007
There's a big difference between slowly unfurling a difficult story so that it rewards a patient audience, and simply teasing viewers nearly to the point of torture. The Golden Door [skirts] dangerously close to the torturous.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Bob Mondello
NPR.org
October 18, 2008
Peg Aloi
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
June 30, 2007
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