The Golden Door Synopsis
A doorman at a luxurious apartment building falls for a beautiful tenant.
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By Ken Fox
Sicilian-born filmmaker Emanuele Crialese takes a huge leap forward from his pretty but simplistic "Respiro" with this highly original,...
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Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
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...
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Miami Herald

By Peter Debruge
Virtually everything Americans know about Ellis Island they've learned from the movies, and virtually all those movies were American....
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
The Golden Door feels, at points, like a silent film - a silent film with CinemaScope vistas and dazzling, saturated color.
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Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
Called "Nuovomondo" in its native Italy, it's bittersweet, neither as comic and sentimental as Charlie Chaplin's 1917 great silent comedy...
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
After countless films in which immigration plays a central role -- one of the earliest was Charlie Chaplin's 1917 silent classic "The...
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New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
The acting is superb, especially the always alluring Charlotte Gainsbourg as a mysterious Englishwoman taking the ship to America. Agnes...
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Charlotte Observer

By Lawrence Toppman
Historians at Ellis Island estimate nearly half of all Americans had at least one ancestor pass through there between 1892 and 1954.
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New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
The movie never really comes alive, and Crialese's coyness with Lucy's character is more frustrating than mysterious.
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Entertainment Weekly

A sluggish procedural on what it was like to make the journey to Ellis Island back in the day.
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Golden Door Well Done

By fandango_dancer
Golden door was very well done. The first quarter was a little slow and it was a little hard to figure out what was going on, but it evolved into a quirky, very interesting movie. The dream sequences...

A "Door" to Open!

By Bhambilly
I saw this beautiful movie on July 4, and it was the perfect day to be reminded of the challenges faced by our ancestors who made the voyage from Europe to America. The movie justifiably implodes...

Golden Door--Great Movie!

By gturn62
Fun, witty, and moving story of Sicilian immigrants and their Ellis Island experience. This movie was terrific! This is not the historical account that you've seen over and over. This family's...

Beautiful, moving and timely

By fuller
This was a very powerful movie with absolute gorgeous camera shots. In the midst of the current national debate on immigration, this is a poignant reminder that we are all immigrants....

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By billbooks
worth seeing although not as good as the critics would have us believe....

Slow but revealing

By jlorfing
I was disappointed, having read a couple of positive reviews. My father, as a toddler, immigrated from eastern Europe in 1908 with his parents - on the level of getting a glimpse of his experiences,...


By artsy_film_fan
Visually this movie was wonderful, but the plot was BORING. The characters were underdeveloped, and so was the story. I'm guessing the director was so obsessed with getting historical accuracy that...

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By jettowski
If you enjoy historical sketches with beautiful cinematography, you'll enjoy this movie. Don't expect to see a blockbuster with lots of action and a complex story. This is a view of how Italian...

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By movego
A beautifully told story done in a very creative way. Makes you think about today's immigrants who are coming for the same reasons as those in the film....

Scorsese ?

By OP212
Martin Scorsese did not direct this, Emanuele Crialese did and it was great....

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Rated PG-13 | For brief graphic nudity