Hester Street


Hester Street (1975)


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Gitl arrives in New York with her son to join her husband Jake, but whereas Jake has completely embraced America, his shy wife clings to her old country ways.

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Critic Reviews for Hester Street

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (6)

The story is well paced to hold one's interest...

Dec 12, 2017 | Full Review…

It is just this short sightedness, this emotional skimpiness, that makes Hester Street a truly "little movie." It is not a matter of size, really, but of depth.

Jul 13, 2015 | Full Review…

Joan Micklin Silver displays a sure hand for her first pic.

Jul 22, 2008 | Full Review…
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An unimaginative camera and misty monochromes do little beyond conveying some self-conscious period recreation.

Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…
Time Out
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There is nothing very original about Hester Street except its loveliness.

May 9, 2005 | Full Review…

Hester Street is compromised by preciousness and oversimplification, but it makes a pleasant and efficient entertainment.

Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Hester Street


A look at early "feminism" as we have the story of a woman trying to exceed traditional roles to embrace the lifestyle of a new country. This however is a dull rendition.

John Ballantine
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