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: May 1, 1975
DVD Release Date: December 21, 2004
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Critic Score: 71% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jay Cocks
TIME Magazine

It is just this short sightedness, this emotional skimpiness, that makes Hester Street a truly "little movie." It is not a matter of size, really, but of depth.

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Richard Eder
New York Times

There is nothing very original about Hester Street except its loveliness.

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Tony Sloman
Radio Times

This marvellously evocative study of Jewish immigrant life in turn-of-the-century New York, mainly told in delightfully subtitled Yiddish, features an outstanding lead performance from the Oscar-nominated Carol Kane.

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Variety Staff

Joan Micklin Silver displays a sure hand for her first pic.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Hester Street is compromised by preciousness and oversimplification, but it makes a pleasant and efficient entertainment.

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TV Guide

Neglected piece of history receives atmospheric examination as old customs are replaced by assimilation.

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Chris Petit
Time Out

An unimaginative camera and misty monochromes do little beyond conveying some self-conscious period recreation.

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Kenneth Robinson
The Spectator

I think Hester Street just gets itself into the 'don't-miss-this-tiny-gem' category. It is most notable for the contrasting beauty and performances of Carol Kane and Dorrie Kavanaugh.

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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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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