Hester Street
Hester Street (1975)

Gitl arrives in New York with her son to join her husband Jake, but whereas Jake has completely embraced America, his shy wife clings to her old country ways.

Rated: PG
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Release Date: December 21, 2004
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Critic Score: 67% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

a worthy attempt and important as an example of women's efforts to finally carve their own place in the world of filmmaking, but it's just not a great movie.

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MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

[S]tagey and static, confined to small sets that seem to pen in the energetic cast...

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Emanuel Levy

Though lacking plot or in-depth characterization, Silver's ultra-modest debut is likable, in large measure due to her channeling of 1970s feminist approach to a little documented turn of the century immigreants' yarn

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Dan Lybarger
Nitrate Online

Carol Kane is terrific in this moving, handsomely photographed tale.

Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)

Worthwhile as a document of life in New York's Jewish tenements, but its miniscule budget pinches and, for this reason and others, its period detail is sometimes unconvincing.

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Flixster Audience Score: 61% Flixster User Reviews
John Ballantine
A look at early "feminism" as we have the story of a woman trying to exceed traditional roles to embrace the lifestyle of a new country. This however… More