Hester Street Reviews

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Top Critic
Chris Petit
Time Out
June 24, 2006
An unimaginative camera and misty monochromes do little beyond conveying some self-conscious period recreation.
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Jay Cocks
TIME Magazine
July 13, 2015
It is just this short sightedness, this emotional skimpiness, that makes Hester Street a truly "little movie." It is not a matter of size, really, but of depth.
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
January 12, 2005
[S]tagey and static, confined to small sets that seem to pen in the energetic cast...
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
June 12, 2005
Worthwhile as a document of life in New York's Jewish tenements, but its miniscule budget pinches and, for this reason and others, its period detail is sometimes unconvincing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kenneth Robinson
The Spectator
July 13, 2015
I think Hester Street just gets itself into the 'don't-miss-this-tiny-gem' category. It is most notable for the contrasting beauty and performances of Carol Kane and Dorrie Kavanaugh.
Tony Sloman
Radio Times
July 13, 2015
This marvellously evocative study of Jewish immigrant life in turn-of-the-century New York, mainly told in delightfully subtitled Yiddish, features an outstanding lead performance from the Oscar-nominated Carol Kane.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Variety Staff
Variety
July 22, 2008
Joan Micklin Silver displays a sure hand for her first pic.
Dan Lybarger
Nitrate Online
May 7, 2003
Carol Kane is terrific in this moving, handsomely photographed tale.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Richard Eder
New York Times
May 9, 2005
There is nothing very original about Hester Street except its loveliness.
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
March 5, 2008
a worthy attempt and important as an example of women's efforts to finally carve their own place in the world of filmmaking, but it's just not a great movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
Hester Street is compromised by preciousness and oversimplification, but it makes a pleasant and efficient entertainment.
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
July 31, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
October 30, 2006
Though lacking plot or in-depth characterization, Silver's ultra-modest debut is likable, in large measure due to her channeling of 1970s feminist approach to a little documented turn of the century immigreants' yarn
Full Review | Original Score: B-

TV Guide's Movie Guide
July 13, 2015
Neglected piece of history receives atmospheric examination as old customs are replaced by assimilation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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