Home Reviews

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David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]
August 11, 2009
A kind of anti-road movie, the first half is a genial rural snapshot but, when that bypass opens, the wheels come off and things take a turn for the surreal and boring.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Erica Abeel
Film Journal International
November 30, 2009
This original but overlong fable about a family menaced by industrial progress captures fears about a planet out of control.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 15, 2010
What happens would not make sense in many households, but in this one, it represents a certain continuity, and confirms deep currents we sensed almost from the first.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Andrew Schenker
Village Voice
November 25, 2009
Working with all-star DP Agnès Godard, Meier effectively communicates the sense of upended privacy.
Nora Lee Mandel
Film-Forward.com
November 29, 2009
Eases down the road from an intimate family portrait to a disturbing environmental-disaster fable with a harrowing credibility that has more depth than most apocalypses.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
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Aaron Hillis
Village Voice
April 30, 2009
Using cinema as self-therapy might be a selfish way to treat audiences, but Harden and Scheel's chemistry makes the mother-daughter dynamic universal.
Toby Young
Times [UK]
August 7, 2009
It would have been more effective if Meier had exercised less restraint and allowed her characters to spin out of control.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Fernando F. Croce
Slant Magazine
March 30, 2009
Home is finally hopeful in its view of familial bonds holding together as the characters are forced to face the far from idealized world they are inescapably a part of.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
May 3, 2009
An absorbing, inspirational and often heartwarming drama with radiant, captivating performances by Marcia Gay Harden and her real-life daughter, Eulala Scheel.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.0/10
Sophie Ivan
Little White Lies
August 7, 2009
Prepare for this one to be rattling around the grey matter long after leaving the cinema. An auteur is born.
| Original Score: 4/5
Anton Bitel
Film4
July 28, 2009
In showing a family's self-destructive intransigence (or is it self-preserving cohesion?), Ursula Meier unravels a modern fable in which the forces of conservatism and change pass each other by.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Catherine Shoard
Guardian
August 7, 2009
The acting's superb, the premise intriguing, but it's hard to have sympathy for the heroine's stubbornness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Prairie Miller
NewsBlaze
April 25, 2009
An ironically titled, simultaneously lyrical and brutal window into cancer as a complex life altering experience, and the ordeal, not of facing death, but rather confronting life as a disfigured and scorned cancer survivor.
Allan Hunter
Daily Express
August 7, 2009
An enigmatic and intriguing little tale with a flavour of the paranoia once found in the Roman Polanski classic Repulsion.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
August 27, 2010
It's a unique work of disturbing character poetry, though it may be a little too disturbing.
Rob Daniel
Sky Movies
August 7, 2009
Ursula Meier's Home is one of the strangest horror films of recent years, a real get under the skin movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Sukhdev Sandhu
Daily Telegraph
August 7, 2009
Sometimes eerie, at other times playful and witty, it explores themes of modernity and primitivism without ever being heavy-handed. And as a portrait of a family under siege, it's as unsettling as it is sensual.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Anthony Quinn
Independent
August 7, 2009
Home is actually less a road movie than the domestic-invasion movie taken to its sick conclusion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Wally Hammond
Time Out
August 7, 2009
A first film of laudable ambition and Meier's directorial confidence suggests promise for the future.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 30, 2009
A very clever and creative film that probes on family solidarity, change, the toxic residues of a car culture, and the physical, psychological and spiritual effects of noise pollution.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Variety
February 23, 2012
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