Golden Door
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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 in Sicily in 1913. Life has long been hard for the Mancuso Family, who have lived in the same village for generations, and one day they are visited by a man who claims to be from the United States. The man tells them of the wonder and plenty of life in America, an offers to make it possible for them to travel to the New World and find work there. The… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 72%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"The film never really coheres, and although some scenes are amazing, the total is slow, ponderous and sometimes silly."
‑ Richard Nilsen, Arizona Republic
"Prince of the New World"
‑ S. James Wegg, JWR
"Crialese presents enough historical detail to give many 2nd and 3rd generation Americans today an idea of what physical and mental scrutiny their grandparents might have been subjected to in order to be accepted through the "Golden Door.""
‑ Jules Brenner, Cinema Signals
"Although the movie's plot line is rather flimsy and its characters somewhat distant, the movie's images are hard to forget."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"Its minutiae don't bring a lump in the throat -- just a drumming of the fingers."
‑ Bruce Westbrook, Houston Chronicle
"[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."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"I would imagine that if you have a close connection to Ellis Island immigrants, you will be similarly touched by this movie."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"The journey to America by an Italian peasant and his family, conveying their yearning for a new life in scenes of magical realism."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Not as inspiring as it should be."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"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."
‑ David Edelstein, New York Magazine/Vulture
"Director Emanuele Crialese passes no judgments, capturing the mundane and miraculous alike."
‑ Peter Debruge, Miami Herald
"The film's cinematography by Agnès Godard is breathtaking at times, especially early on during exterior scenes."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"is all facade and no force"
‑ Bill Gibron,
"The early parts require some patience, but the film richly rewards that patience. I know of no film that so patiently and so completely documents the Ellis Island experience."
‑ Mark R. Leeper,
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