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Adam Fields (John Carlos Frey, who also wrote, directed, and produced the film) is a law enforcement agent patrolling the Mexican border outside San Diego. He's harboring two dangerous secrets. His bosses don't know that he belongs to a racist, right wing vigilante group called National Patrol, that harasses and assaults illegals as they try to cross the border. His confederates in the National Patrol don't know that his own mother is Mexican. Adam, who easily passes for Caucasian, doesn't tell anyone about his mother, a former prostitute. Frustrated with the border… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 52%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Despite its flaws, The Gatekeeper will keep you engaged."
‑ Marta Barber, Miami Herald
"Though the film is far from polished, the force of its significance to Mr. Frey, as well as the urgency of its political message, give it some genuine impact."
‑ Dave Kehr, New York Times
"The film would be destined for limited interest even if it had a good script, which it didn't."
‑ Jules Brenner,
"A commendable effort that draws attention to a largely invisible problem."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"Frey the moralizer is the problem. It's clear from reading a synopsis of the film that Frey's pro-immigration, but some of the narrative techniques he uses to push his point are too blatant as devices"
‑ Luke Y. Thompson, New Times
"The movie never rises above mediocrity and at times, devolves into amateurish histrionics."
‑ Lisa Rose, Newark Star-Ledger
"The truly hellish portrayal of the workers' post-crossing indentured servitude in a meth lab makes up for a sluggish opening act."
‑ Joshua Land, Village Voice
"While his instincts as a director could use some sharpening, Frey's performance and script, brought to life by a solid supporting cast, are both uncommonly smart."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A very personal and heartfelt film, if one that shows the strains of its low budget and strident desire to tell an Important Story."
‑ Josh Bell, Las Vegas Weekly
"A heavy-handed immigration melodrama."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"This deeply personal work steadily grows more powerful and eloquent, creating a tragic vision of the plight of illegal aliens that transcends its melodramatic elements."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"Suffers from a condition that afflicts most 'message' movies -- heavy-handed preachiness."
‑ Glenn Whipp, Los Angeles Daily News
"Surprisingly vigorous and emotionally wrenching."
‑ Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
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