Gates of Heaven
Gates of Heaven (1980)

Gates of Heaven is a perversely enjoyable film about the American funeral industry. Oh, wait, we forget to tell you. The services shown herein are pet funerals. Anything can happen in Southern California, but even longtime residents of that… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 19, 1980
DVD Release Date: July 26, 2005
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Tom Buckley
New York Times

What is missing is the mediation of an artistic sensibility.

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Noel Murray
The Dissolve

It's a movie so suffused with meaning that every line and every image feels purposeful.

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Fernando F. Croce

Viewed through Errol Morris' blank-gaze lens, it suggests Kubrick discovering Mark Twain

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

They say you can make a great documentary about almost anything, if only you see it well enough and truly, and this film proves it.

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Josh Larsen

...a documentary that feels, above all else, generous.

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Rob Gonsalves

An unforgettable mood piece about human loneliness.

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Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

Trying to decode what it is about Errol Morris's best work is a thorny proposition. -

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Technically, it's a movie about pet cemeteries, but specifically it's a movie about life and death and everything in-between.

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Cole Smithey

Errol Morris first film is a window on his early promise as a turly great filmmaker.

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Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
Dan Schultz
An original documentary that takes aim at a pet cemetery and the day-to-day operations that go on as well as the strange people that run the place. While… More
Curtis Lilly
When you see the guy play electric guitar for the dead pets at sunset, you'll know why this movie is amazing.
Ken Stachnik
I don't get what the hype is all about. I found the story about the making of the documentary WAY more interesting than the documentary itself.
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]Errol Morris' debut film, "Gates of Heaven" is a captivating documentary. In general, it is about job satisfaction and how… More
Reid Volk
In a world where it seems like more people are attracted to the documentaries of Davis Guggenheim, Errol Morris is constantly a breath of fresh air. His… More
Robert Fearon
I lost interest after about 45 minutes.