Golden Door

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  • Summary: Golden Door is a classic tale of coming to America. It is a romantic fable that takes audiences into the very heart of this quintessential American experience -- as on man, driven by fantastic dreams and confronted with shocking realities, makes an epic odyssey in search of a brand newGolden Door is a classic tale of coming to America. It is a romantic fable that takes audiences into the very heart of this quintessential American experience -- as on man, driven by fantastic dreams and confronted with shocking realities, makes an epic odyssey in search of a brand new world. (Miramax Films) Collapse
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  1. Positive: 18 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    100
    Sicilian-born filmmaker Emanuele Crialese takes a huge leap forward from his pretty but simplistic "Respiro" with this highly original, startlingly beautiful and emotionally resonant film.
  2. The familiar majesty of the Statue of Liberty and the New York skyline is replaced with anticipation and imagination. The sense of hope and wonder is the greater for it, and the sense of promise glows from the screen.
  3. The Golden Door feels, at points, like a silent film - a silent film with CinemaScope vistas and dazzling, saturated color.
  4. 80
    Italian writer-director Emanuele Crialese is best known for the art-house piffle "Respiro" (2002), a sun-kissed fairy tale that didn't prepare me for the weight and solidity of this historical drama about a Sicilian peasant family immigrating to the U.S.
  5. Beautiful, spacey, trans-oceanic odyssey.
  6. Historians at Ellis Island estimate nearly half of all Americans had at least one ancestor pass through there between 1892 and 1954.
  7. 50
    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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. EzekielB
    Jul 26, 2007
    9
    A stunningly beautiful epic with a very original concept that breaks from the standard immigrant story, here it is the emigrant story about A stunningly beautiful epic with a very original concept that breaks from the standard immigrant story, here it is the emigrant story about departure, and the dream. Expand
  2. JimG
    Jun 21, 2007
    7
    Some wonderful moments in this film visually and emotionally, but unfortunately uneven. Way better than most films however.
  3. KennethB.
    Jun 10, 2007
    4
    50 minutes shorter and maybe there is a movie here! It just dragged on. The art direction and cinematography was excellent.

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