Hester Street (1975) - Rotten Tomatoes

Hester Street (1975)

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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Mel Howard
as Bernstein
Doris Roberts
as Kavarsky
Stephen Strimpell
as Joe Peltner
Anna Berger
as Poultry Woman
Eda Reiss Merin
as Rabbi's Wife
Leib Lensky
as Peddler
Joanna Merlin
as Jake's Landlady
Lin Shaye
as Whore
Philip Sterling
as Mr. Lipman
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Critic Reviews for Hester Street

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (5)

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.

July 13, 2015 | Full Review…

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

July 22, 2008 | Full Review…

An unimaginative camera and misty monochromes do little beyond conveying some self-conscious period recreation.

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
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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.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

I think Hester Street just gets itself into the 'don't-miss-this-tiny-gem' category. It is most notable for the contrasting beauty and performances of Carol Kane and Dorrie Kavanaugh.

July 13, 2015 | 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
John Ballantine

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