Gates of Heaven
Gates of Heaven (1980)

Documentary filmmaker Errol Morris' debut immediately attracted acclaim for its straight-faced treatment of a subject practically begging for ridicule. When the Foothill Memorial Gardens pet cemetery, located north of San Francisco,… More

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Release Date: July 26, 2005
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Tom Buckley
New York Times

What is missing is the mediation of an artistic sensibility.

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Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion

Viewed through Errol Morris' blank-gaze lens, it suggests Kubrick discovering Mark Twain

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Dan Lybarger
Nitrate Online

Morris' assured feature debut is simultaneously touching and wierd.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

They say you can make a great documentary about almost anything, if only you see it well enough and truly, and this film proves it.

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Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com

An unforgettable mood piece about human loneliness.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A bizarrely entertaining eye-opening look at pet cemeteries.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Technically, it's a movie about pet cemeteries, but specifically it's a movie about life and death and everything in-between.

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Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

Errol Morris first film is a window on his early promise as a turly great filmmaker.

Rumsey Taylor
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

Gates of Heaven is a documentary with subject and no argument, and is nonetheless deeply, deeply ruminative.

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Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
Dan Schultz
An original documentary that takes aim at a pet cemetery and the day-to-day operations that go on as well as the strange people that run the place. While… More
Curtis Lilly
When you see the guy play electric guitar for the dead pets at sunset, you'll know why this movie is amazing.
Ken Stachnik
I don't get what the hype is all about. I found the story about the making of the documentary WAY more interesting than the documentary itself.
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]Errol Morris' debut film, "Gates of Heaven" is a captivating documentary. In general, it is about job satisfaction and how… More
Reid Volk
In a world where it seems like more people are attracted to the documentaries of Davis Guggenheim, Errol Morris is constantly a breath of fresh air. His… More
Robert Fearon
I lost interest after about 45 minutes.