The Gatekeeper
The Gatekeeper (2001)

Adam Fields (John Carlos Frey, who also wrote, directed, and produced the film) is a law enforcement agent patrolling the Mexican border outside San Diego. He's harboring two dangerous secrets. His bosses don't know that he belongs… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 1, 2001
DVD Release Date: October 12, 2004
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Marta Barber
Miami Herald

Despite its flaws, The Gatekeeper will keep you engaged.

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Dave Kehr
New York Times

Though the film is far from polished, the force of its significance to Mr. Frey, as well as the urgency of its political message, give it some genuine impact.

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Jules Brenner

The film would be destined for limited interest even if it had a good script, which it didn't.

Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger

The movie never rises above mediocrity and at times, devolves into amateurish histrionics.

Joshua Land
Village Voice

The truly hellish portrayal of the workers' post-crossing indentured servitude in a meth lab makes up for a sluggish opening act.

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Ken Fox
TV Guide

While his instincts as a director could use some sharpening, Frey's performance and script, brought to life by a solid supporting cast, are both uncommonly smart.

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Lou Lumenick
New York Post

A heavy-handed immigration melodrama.

Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

This deeply personal work steadily grows more powerful and eloquent, creating a tragic vision of the plight of illegal aliens that transcends its melodramatic elements.

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Glenn Whipp
Los Angeles Daily News

Suffers from a condition that afflicts most 'message' movies -- heavy-handed preachiness.

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