100

TV Guide

By Ken Fox
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.
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100

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 there go the tears.
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88

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. Golden Door offers the other side of the story, the one that ends at Ellis Island instead of beginning there.
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88

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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88

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 "The Immigrant," nor as cynical and epic as Elia Kazan's 1963 "America, America," but close to both.
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80

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 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.
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75

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 Godard's lensing is painterly, and Crialese's direction is seamless.
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75

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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50

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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50

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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74 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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