The Golden Dream (La Jaula De Oro)
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Director Diego Quemada-Díez condenses many acute observations about life as an emigrant into a sure-footed, credible story."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"Despite a tough and rather bleak story, this Central American drama is bolstered by strikingly beautiful cinematography and involving characters."
‑ Rich Cline, Contactmusic.com
"It works equally well as a Huckleberry Finn-like adventure story and as a brutal realist drama highlighting the exploitation of young migrants."
‑ Geoffrey Macnab, Independent
"Quemada-Díez loves his characters and is enthusiastic in coaxing joy from their prematurely aged and scowling faces but he doesn't soft-pedal their fates."
‑ Ryan Gilbey, New Statesman
"Quemada-Diez worked on three Ken Loach films, starting with Land and Freedom in the Spaniard's home country. The apprentice's own first act of sorcery is simple and compelling."
‑ Nigel Andrews, Financial Times
"An assured and moving debut by director Diego Quemada-Díez."
‑ Kate Muir, Times [UK]
"At once urgent, defiant, and heartbreaking."
‑ Mark Kermode, Observer [UK]
"The performances are spirited and touching and cinematographer María Secco expertly frames the vulnerable youngsters against various hostile environments."
‑ David Parkinson, Radio Times
"The performances are tremendous."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
"Quemada-Díez doesn't play soft, and the stinging climax really sticks with you."
‑ Kevin Harley, Total Film
"Honest, interesting and well done it is not an uplifting film."
‑ Aine O'Connor, Irish Independent
"If you want screen teens to break your heart this summer, then give The Fault in Our Stars a miss in favour of this epic South American adventure."
‑ Tara Brady, Irish Times
"A beguiling, heartbreaking first feature from Diego Quemada-Diez."
‑ Allan Hunter, Daily Express
"Guatemalan teens attempt to break into the US a film which offers little new both politically and aesthetically."
‑ Sophie Monks Kaufman, Little White Lies
"A tough yet tender and beautifully crafted human drama that more than earns those Loach comparisons."
‑ Guy Lodge, Empire Magazine
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