Golden Door (Nuovomondo) Reviews

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January 10, 2008
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.
June 29, 2007
Its minutiae don't bring a lump in the throat -- just a drumming of the fingers.
June 29, 2007
The film is touching, imaginative and makes the best of its cash through a minimalist skill that shows Crialese to be a genuinely original director.
June 29, 2007
His excellent new film gives us the fierceness without the syrup: a solidly constructed film with a brilliant visual sense, tremendous performances and an eloquent, dreamy sense of time and place. It held me in every frame.
June 29, 2007
Gorgeous to look at, unfashionably optimistic and quirkily seductive, this is a robust joy of a movie. It's certainly one of my favourite releases of the year so far.
July 23, 2009
Prince of the New World
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.
January 15, 2008
The film's cinematography by Agnès Godard is breathtaking at times, especially early on during exterior scenes.
January 14, 2008
Crialese presents enough historical detail to give many 2nd and 3rd generation Americans today an idea of what physical and mental scrutiny their grandparents might have been subjected to in order to be accepted through the "Golden Door."
January 10, 2008
The journey to America by an Italian peasant and his family, conveying their yearning for a new life in scenes of magical realism.
January 8, 2008
is all facade and no force
January 8, 2008
Thanks to Martin Scorsese's seal of approval, Emanuele Crialese's Golden Door may now he salvaged from critical and popular disinterest.
January 6, 2008
Its series of episodes don't always add up to a single, cohesive narrative so much as they seem a succession of surrealistic impressions.
January 6, 2008
Although the movie's plot line is rather flimsy and its characters somewhat distant, the movie's images are hard to forget.
December 23, 2007
Not as inspiring as it should be.
December 20, 2007
The early parts require some patience, but the film richly rewards that patience. I know of no film that so patiently and so completely documents the Ellis Island experience.
December 8, 2007
Golden Door is a cinematic treasure reimagining the emotional landscape of Ellis Island, dipped in the delights of magical realism and the enchanting nomadic dual consciousness of cultural relativism.
December 7, 2007
October 26, 2007
Sicilian writer-director Crialese adds another to the list of great immigrant films with this evocative, poetic drama about a family of his compatriots who make the fateful Atlantic crossing in 1904.
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