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Golden Door Reviews

January 10, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
June 29, 2007
Its minutiae don't bring a lump in the throat -- just a drumming of the fingers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
June 29, 2007
The rhythms of the movie are slow and daydreamy, but [director] Crialese delights in breaking up the realism with his protagonist's mystical -- almost madcap -- visions of the New World's abbondanza.
June 28, 2007
The film never really coheres, and although some scenes are amazing, the total is slow, ponderous and sometimes silly.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
June 27, 2007
[Director] Crialese ends his film on an exquisite note of fantasy: an indelible image of hope and good fortune. His vision is unique; his film, strange and lovely.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 22, 2007
Director Emanuele Crialese passes no judgments, capturing the mundane and miraculous alike.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 22, 2007
Turns an old story into something completely new.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
June 21, 2007
Writer/director Emanuel Crialese gives his atmospheric film a look of daguerreotype authenticity.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 15, 2007
The folkloric tone that seemed so pretentious in [Respiro] is powerfully effective here.
June 15, 2007
A STRIKINGLY shot tale of Sicilian villagers seeking a better life in America, Golden Door is so minimalist, it's practically a silent film.
June 15, 2007
A three-paneled piece, where the strength lies in the detail work rather than the larger brushstrokes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 15, 2007
A movie about immigration that even Lou Dobbs can get behind. It's so hypnotically breathtaking, you don't realize you're not breathing. By the final shot, you don't realize you're crying either, but there go the tears.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
June 15, 2007
There's an old Zen saying, 'It's the journey, not the destination.' The Golden Door offers an extraordinary journey of its own.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 14, 2007
Italian director Emanuele Crialese has infused the age-old plot with dazzling visual style, dollops of magical realism and profound emotional truth that infuse what we think we know with new verve and resonance.
June 14, 2007
An often lyrical and moving movie.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 2, 2007
It excels at documenting the humiliating (and sometimes terrifying) physical and mental tests that face these weary travelers.
Read More | Original Score: B
June 2, 2007
Can someone please call for a moratorium on gratuitous magical realism?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
June 1, 2007
[A] beautiful, spacey, trans-oceanic odyssey.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
May 31, 2007
[A] draggy Italian epic that's big on production values but skimpy on inspiration.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
May 25, 2007
A modest film, both in its aims and the emotions it solicits.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
May 25, 2007
The acting is superb, especially the always alluring Charlotte Gainsbourg as a mysterious Englishwoman taking the ship to America. Agnes Godard's lensing is painterly, and Crialese's direction is seamless.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
May 25, 2007
What makes Mr. Crialese's telling unusual, apart from the gorgeousness of his wide-screen compositions, is that his emphasis is on departure and transition, rather than arrival.
Read More | Original Score: 4.5/5
May 24, 2007
After countless films in which immigration plays a central role you'd think the canon was essentially complete. Yet this visionary work adds to it by combining harsh realities with magic-realist fantasies.
May 23, 2007
Despite a few welcome bits of whimsy, Door feels as long as a transatlantic voyage.
Full Review | Original Score: C
May 23, 2007
Emanuele Crialese's poetic tale of emigration at the turn of the 20th century follows an illiterate Sicilian farmer (Vincenzo Amato) and his family who, after seeing doctored photographs of money growing on trees, set their sights on America.
May 10, 2007
A defiantly idiosyncratic film that summons the spirits of great Italian directors long past.
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.
September 23, 2006
An imaginative, intelligent and attractive Italo pic precisely when the country needs it most.