Golden Door
Golden Door (2007)

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… More

Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: May 25, 2007
DVD Release Date: January 8, 2008
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Critic Score: 73% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Slow-moving but ultimately rewarding, Golden Door is a profound drama with scenes of fantastical magical realism, lively humor, and stunning images.

Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

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.

Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic

The film never really coheres, and although some scenes are amazing, the total is slow, ponderous and sometimes silly.

S. James Wegg

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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle

Its minutiae don't bring a lump in the throat -- just a drumming of the fingers.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

[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.

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

I would imagine that if you have a close connection to Ellis Island immigrants, you will be similarly touched by this movie.

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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture

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.

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Peter Debruge
Miami Herald

Director Emanuele Crialese passes no judgments, capturing the mundane and miraculous alike.

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Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

The film's cinematography by Agnès Godard is breathtaking at times, especially early on during exterior scenes.

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Flixster Audience Score: 69% Flixster User Reviews
Bruce Bruce
Golden Door is a miniature epic, tracking a Sicilian's family emigration to the USA. It starts much too slowly, and although characters are established, it… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]"Golden Door" is an intricately detailed yet ethereal movie about the journey of a group of Italian peasants to America around… More
William Goss
Well-shot immigration drama ends on quite a peculiar note.