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Hester Street Reviews

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June 24, 2006
An unimaginative camera and misty monochromes do little beyond conveying some self-conscious period recreation.
July 13, 2015
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.
January 12, 2005
[S]tagey and static, confined to small sets that seem to pen in the energetic cast...
June 12, 2005
Worthwhile as a document of life in New York's Jewish tenements, but its miniscule budget pinches and, for this reason and others, its period detail is sometimes unconvincing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 13, 2015
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
This marvellously evocative study of Jewish immigrant life in turn-of-the-century New York, mainly told in delightfully subtitled Yiddish, features an outstanding lead performance from the Oscar-nominated Carol Kane.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 22, 2008
Joan Micklin Silver displays a sure hand for her first pic.
May 7, 2003
Carol Kane is terrific in this moving, handsomely photographed tale.
| Original Score: 4/5
May 9, 2005
There is nothing very original about Hester Street except its loveliness.
March 5, 2008
a worthy attempt and important as an example of women's efforts to finally carve their own place in the world of filmmaking, but it's just not a great movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
January 1, 2000
Hester Street is compromised by preciousness and oversimplification, but it makes a pleasant and efficient entertainment.
July 31, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
October 30, 2006
Though lacking plot or in-depth characterization, Silver's ultra-modest debut is likable, in large measure due to her channeling of 1970s feminist approach to a little documented turn of the century immigreants' yarn
Full Review | Original Score: B-
July 13, 2015
Neglected piece of history receives atmospheric examination as old customs are replaced by assimilation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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