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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 new world. (Miramax Films) Expand
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  1. Positive: 18 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. 100
    It's so hypnotically breathtaking, you don't realize you're not breathing. By the final shot, you don't realize you're crying either, but there go the tears.
  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. 88
    Virtually everything Americans know about Ellis Island they've learned from the movies, and virtually all those movies were American. Golden Door offers the other side of the story, the one that ends at Ellis Island instead of beginning there.
  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. After countless films in which immigration plays a central role -- one of the earliest was Charlie Chaplin's 1917 silent classic "The Immigrant" while one of the best, Jan Troell's "The Emigrants," has never migrated to DVD -- you'd think the canon was essentially complete. Yet this visionary work adds to it by combining harsh realities with magic-realist fantasies.
  6. Historians at Ellis Island estimate nearly half of all Americans had at least one ancestor pass through there between 1892 and 1954.
  7. Reviewed by: Gregory Kirschling
    A sluggish procedural on what it was like to make the journey to Ellis Island back in the day.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. EzekielB
    Jul 26, 2007
    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. Collapse
  2. JimG
    Jun 21, 2007
    Some wonderful moments in this film visually and emotionally, but unfortunately uneven. Way better than most films however.
  3. KennethB.
    Jun 10, 2007
    50 minutes shorter and maybe there is a movie here! It just dragged on. The art direction and cinematography was excellent.