Stand Clear Of The Closing Doors (2014) - Rotten Tomatoes

Stand Clear Of The Closing Doors (2014)



Critic Consensus: Unassuming yet irrevocably absorbing, Stand Clear of the Closing Doors uses a refreshing perspective to explore universal themes.

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Directed by Fleischner from a script by Rose Lichter-Mark and Micah Bloomberg, STAND CLEAR OF THE CLOSING DOORS tells the story of Ricky, a 13-year old boy with Asperger's Syndrome who gets lost one day in the New York City subway system. While his mother frantically searches for him above ground, the sensory-sensitive Ricky is exposed to the cacophony, eccentricity, and menace found in New York's underground (including some scenes shot during Hurricane Sandy, which came to figure into the film's story), resulting in a truly authentic view into both the wonders and the horrors of what lies below. (c) Oscilloscopemore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama
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Written By: Rose Lichter-Marck, Micah Bloomberg
In Theaters:
Box Office: $7.0k
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Critic Reviews for Stand Clear Of The Closing Doors

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (8)

The director's view of the wider world is flat and schematic; the mother's dealings with an indifferent school district, the ineffectual police, and her aloof ex-husband lack complexity, and the maudlin tone overwhelms any social insight.

Full Review… | July 17, 2014
Chicago Reader
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"Stand Clear of the Closing Doors," a small miracle of a film, captures the grass-roots swirl of New York City with an extraordinary sensory attuning to urban life.

Full Review… | May 22, 2014
New York Times
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Stand Clear Of The Closing Doors stubbornly resists a sense of intimacy, the film determined to express how communication can always be inclusive, even in whispers.

Full Review… | May 22, 2014
AV Club
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This is the sort of movie that gets called "hallucinatory," but it is strongly grounded in the New York in which 99 percent of us live.

Full Review… | May 21, 2014
New York Post
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Stand Clear of the Closing Doors becomes dedicated to showing us everything millions of people glance at each day but don't actually regard.

Full Review… | May 20, 2014
Village Voice
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Ultimately, Fleischner's virtuous intentions, his sidelong hints at political questions, are undercut by their maudlin tone; the panorama veers to caricature.

Full Review… | May 19, 2014
New Yorker
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Audience Reviews for Stand Clear Of The Closing Doors

This movie is an unmatched combination of an insider's view of the true, unvarnished underbelly of the largest city in America and a gritty essay on the nearly impossible task facing an undocumented Mexican family raising an autistic child. It's an oddly shaped and strutured film , just as an autistic child's world is oddly shaped and structured.

A touching film that deals with heavy issues such as autism, undocumented residents, family dynamics, and natural disasters. It is at times dull, but should be lauded for the way it gives the audience insight into the perspective of an autistic youth.

Xander Kennedy

Stand Clear Of The Closing Doors Quotes

Ricardo Sr.: One of the most honest films about NYC that I have ever seen. The film also explores the very nature of perception itself through a moving tale of a young boy lost and a desperate mother in pursuit. The performances are sublime and graceful; the direction is non-intrusive yet dazzling - I can not recommend this film enough.
– Submitted by Gregory S (2 years ago)

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