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Golden Door Reviews

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July 23, 2009
Prince of the New World
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
January 15, 2008
The film's cinematography by Agnès Godard is breathtaking at times, especially early on during exterior scenes.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
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."
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Bill Gibron
January 8, 2008
is all facade and no force
| Original Score: 2.5/5
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 23, 2007
Not as inspiring as it should be.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Mark R. Leeper
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.
Full Review| Original Score: 7/10
Peter Calder
New Zealand Herald
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media
October 22, 2007
Punishing but eye-opening immigrant tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
August 15, 2007
So enjoyable and visually stimulating is the experience, it's tough to knock Crialese's Door.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Loey Lockerby
Kansas City Star
August 10, 2007
Although it has a gorgeous, lyrical visual style, it contains no stirring speeches or sentimentality.
| Original Score: 3/4
Larry Ratliff
San Antonio Express-News
August 3, 2007
Golden Door belongs to(Vincenzo) Amato (Respiro). He makes this tale of woe and wonderment the charmer it turns out to be.
| Original Score: 3/4
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
July 19, 2007
[Director] Crialese's talent for poetic illusion, and for finding the general within the microcosm, is reminiscent of Steven Spielberg.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Ted Murphy
Murphy's Movie Reviews
July 14, 2007
There's a certain remoteness to the story that might keep some members of the audience at bay.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Top Critic
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.
| Original Score: 3/5
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
July 13, 2007
Cinematographer Agnes Godard's camera caresses every moment...
| Original Score: 3/5
Michael Sragow
Baltimore Sun
July 10, 2007
At its best, The Golden Door generates the excitement to be had whenever a historical movie achieves the shock of the new.
| Original Score: B-
Eric D. Snider
July 8, 2007
The whole picture, real and surreal, is hauntingly beautiful.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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