Golden Door
Golden Door (2007)

A family living in poverty leaves behind the world they know in hope of finding new opportunities in this historical drama from director Emanuele Crialese. The Mancusos are a family struggling to make ends meet in a small farming community… More

Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: January 8, 2008
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Critic Score: 72% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Slow-moving but ultimately rewarding, Golden Door is a profound drama with scenes of fantastical magical realism, lively humor, and stunning images.

Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

Yes, the details are spot-on and realistic in the extreme. But we've seen them before. It's the story Crialese hangs this detail on that's weak.

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Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic

The film never really coheres, and although some scenes are amazing, the total is slow, ponderous and sometimes silly.

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S. James Wegg
JWR

Prince of the New World

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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle

Its minutiae don't bring a lump in the throat -- just a drumming of the fingers.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

[Director] Crialese ends his film on an exquisite note of fantasy: an indelible image of hope and good fortune. His vision is unique; his film, strange and lovely.

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

I would imagine that if you have a close connection to Ellis Island immigrants, you will be similarly touched by this movie.

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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture

The rhythms of the movie are slow and daydreamy, but [director] Crialese delights in breaking up the realism with his protagonist's mystical -- almost madcap -- visions of the New World's abbondanza.

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Peter Debruge
Miami Herald

Director Emanuele Crialese passes no judgments, capturing the mundane and miraculous alike.

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Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

The film's cinematography by Agnès Godard is breathtaking at times, especially early on during exterior scenes.

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Flixster Audience Score: 69% Flixster User Reviews
Bruce Bruce
Golden Door is a miniature epic, tracking a Sicilian's family emigration to the USA. It starts much too slowly, and although characters are established, it… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]"Golden Door" is an intricately detailed yet ethereal movie about the journey of a group of Italian peasants to America around… More
William Goss
Well-shot immigration drama ends on quite a peculiar note.