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The retired patriarch of a New York-based Chinese-American family finds that escaping the insanity of his decidedly dysfunctional clan is more difficult than he anticipated in a thoughtful family drama from writer/director Georgia Lee. There was a time when the Wong's were happy, but time has a strange way of transforming relationships and now all that Ed Wong (Tzi Ma) can see in his family is frustration and rebellion. Though he longs to flee to the calming confines of an upstate Buddhist monastery, Ed is about to find out just how the actions of his three mischievous daughters can throw… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 59%

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"Not surprisingly, the three Wong sisters and their father could exist in separate movies -- their (short) stories are interesting but not convincingly knit together. Think of Red Doors as a promise, and hope that [director] Georgia Lee keeps it."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"... the script falls victim to the stereotypes and cliches so often found in movies about Asian-American families."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"Writer-director Georgia Lee is sadly not above such antic touches of whimsy in this family film, which rarely approaches anything akin to reality."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"You don't have to be Asian-American to appreciate the Wongs with all their flaws and missteps; this could be your family, or the family of anyone you know, and in that way the film crosses that invisible genre line in the sand."
‑ Kim Voynar, Cinematical
"Although deserving a place in the annals of dignified cinema, Georgia Lee's breakthough feature film is a snoozer."
‑ Ron Wilkinson, Monsters and Critics
"A gentle, pleasant film about people you genuinely like."
‑ G. Allen Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle
"Red Doors feels like a first-time film; quirks are overplayed while themes remain underdeveloped."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"A smart, observant, and very entertaining film."
‑ Mike McGranaghan, Aisle Seat
"Like many first-time writer-directors, she packs five films' worth of drama, crises and revelations into one, and often lapses into sitcom triteness."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Doesn't bode well for the Tribeca Film Festival that this was considered the best dramatic feature."
‑ Edward Douglas,
"A peppy if uneven charmer with a fetchingly wistful edge."
‑ Ella Taylor, L.A. Weekly
"Named for the traditional Chinese color of good luck, the gentle indie drama Red Doors is really more in the rosy pink range of the color palette than a more primary emotional hue."
‑ Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"This family drama is balanced between equal measures of dark humor and pathos so that Red Doors floats gently between sentimentality and cynicism. It's a lovely little film, and well done."
‑ Tim Cogshell, Boxoffice Magazine
"Two storylines make Red Doors an enjoyable film but there are so many things holding it back (the mother/wife's story is given no real time to connect with the audience) that stop it from being a respectable movie."
‑ Chris Cabin,
"The director attempts a disquisition on the beast of ethnic assimilation, except her point is obvious only in the way she lazily cobbles her story together from the worst indie-movie clichés made fashionable in the wake of American Beauty."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
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