Red Doors


Mixed or average reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15

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Critic Reviews

  1. Well-told and charming, debuting writer-helmer Georgia Lee's comedy-drama Red Doors is big on heart but never sappy. Without overdoing the quirk factor or the melodrama, Lee shows a sure feel for family dynamics, and her light touch brings out the best in the ensemble's lovely, understated performances.
  2. There's enough affection and insight here to make Lee's next movie worth watching for.
  3. Packs five films' worth of drama, crises and revelations into one, and often lapses into sitcom triteness.
  4. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Think of Red Doors as a promise, and hope that Georgia Lee keeps it.
  5. Writer-director Georgia Lee never leaves any doubt that the bonds of ethnic family devotion are a charm against any woe more serious than an engagement to the wrong white guy.
  6. 70
    A peppy if uneven charmer with a fetchingly wistful edge.
  7. Following Woody Allen, Ang Lee and any number of sitcoms, Georgia Lee constructs her well-shot, well-written film around three daughters.
  8. A gentle, pleasant film about people you genuinely like.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. ChadS.
    Apr 27, 2007
    Although not entirely successful, the attempts at black humor does do the trick of staving off comparisons to Wayne Wang's "The Joy Luck Although not entirely successful, the attempts at black humor does do the trick of staving off comparisons to Wayne Wang's "The Joy Luck Club". This family seems too self-absorbed with their own lives, and as a result, they seem too blase about their father's repeated attempts at suicide. Especially Katie(Kathy Shao-Lin Lee), who's in an embattled game of one-upmanship with her neighbor that involves practical jokes which escalates in danger as a sort of edgy courtship. Despite these flaws, however, "Red Doors" is at times, uncanny in its ability to make us feel good, thanks largely in part to Julie(Elaine Kao), whose relationship with Mia(Mia Riverton), recalls a dyke version of "Notting Hill" with the same good cheer and warmth. In a slight deviation from the story conventions we come to expect in some film about a second generation-Chinese family, when Samantha(Jacqueline Kim) leaves her man, it's for another man of the same race. She's firmly planted in the first world, unlike her father(Tzi Ma), whose plan of attack against his own mental sickness faintly recalls Todd Haynes' "Safe". "Red Doors" is aided immesuarbly by an ending that doesn't wrap everything up in a nice bow; a red bow. As recognized in the Chinese culture, red is a signification of luck, and to a man like Ed, not having a son(a heir to pass down the family name), makes him unlucky and unwilling to use the door where his anxious family awaits him. Full Review »
  2. MichaelF.
    Dec 19, 2006
    There's nothing in this film I haven't seen a dozen times in other movies.