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  • Summary: The story of an autistic youth named Ricky who, after a particularly difficult day at school, escapes into the subways. It's here that he starts his real journey, on a days-long voyage of discovery while, above ground, his mom frantically searches for him.


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  1. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    May 22, 2014
    A small miracle of a film.
  2. Reviewed by: Alan Scherstuhl
    May 20, 2014
    Patient, observational film demands you surrender to it, that you keep your phone in your pocket, which means that movie theaters now sometimes offer a more unmediated look at the world than modern life itself.
  3. Reviewed by: Diana Drumm
    May 22, 2014
    The sincerity and earnestness of Stand Clear of the Closing Doors are brave and true.
  4. Reviewed by: Chuck Bowen
    May 18, 2014
    We're simply presented a person in trouble, and we're allowed to recognize his problems as extreme embodiments of universal issues of terror, confusion, and loneliness.
  5. Reviewed by: David Ehrlich
    May 21, 2014
    Effectively portrays New York City as a cacophonous collision of disparate voices, sidestepping the nightmarish outcome of that child’s story in favor of a different, more enduringly visible disaster.
  6. Reviewed by: Matt Zoller Seitz
    May 26, 2014
    Like its hero, Stand Clear of the Closing Doors goes with the flow and has a chaotic and thrilling time but doesn't know where to go or what to do with itself.
  7. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Apr 17, 2014
    Action takes a backseat to local color in well-acted drama.

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