Golden Door (Nuovomondo) Reviews

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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 10, 2008
January 8, 2008
is all facade and no force
December 23, 2007
Not as inspiring as it should be.
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
[Crialese's] gorgeous, evocative images... are housed, like a great exhibit in a museum with overly long hallways, in a sluggishly paced narrative.
June 29, 2007
Its minutiae don't bring a lump in the throat -- just a drumming of the fingers.
June 29, 2007
Tedious and bland - entry denied!
June 28, 2007
The film never really coheres, and although some scenes are amazing, the total is slow, ponderous and sometimes silly.
June 22, 2007
Images on a movie screen can either show the truth literally or evoke it emotionally. The Golden Door, tries to do both, alternating visions of stark realism with poetically dreamlike material in an unsteady and, ultimately, unsatisfying blend.
June 22, 2007
Despite the hardships depicted, Golden Door is a sweet film at heart, playing witness to the birth pangs of modern America with both due respect and the occasional comic grace note, but not, oddly, one single shot of the Statue of Liberty.
June 21, 2007
There's a big difference between slowly unfurling a difficult story so that it rewards a patient audience, and simply teasing viewers nearly to the point of torture. The Golden Door [skirts] dangerously close to the torturous.
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.
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.
June 13, 2007
Rather like a sociological document narrated in a flamboyantly rhapsodic visual style...more affected than affecting.
June 11, 2007
All too successful in evoking the simple-mindedness of its immigrant naifs and the interminability of the Atlantic passage.
June 2, 2007
Can someone please call for a moratorium on gratuitous magical realism?
May 31, 2007
[A] draggy Italian epic that's big on production values but skimpy on inspiration.
May 25, 2007
Beautifully made but simple-minded Oscar bait, a film guaranteed to offend no one and to attract a large contingent fans who will love it for the nobility of its intentions and the earnestness of its performances.
May 25, 2007
The movie never really comes alive, and [director] Crialese's coyness with Lucy's character is more frustrating than mysterious.
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