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Alice's House Reviews

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Monika Fabian
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
July 18, 2008
First-time director Chico Teixeira, an accomplished maker of documentaries in Brazil, brings a similar nonfiction feel to this melodramatic milieu, which is kick-started when Alice contemplates having an affair of her own with a former sweetheart.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Susan Walker
Toronto Star
July 11, 2008
Nothing much happens in Alice's House, and a turning point in the plot is terribly contrived, but as sociology and maybe even a pilot for a soap serial, the movie is worth a look.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
April 10, 2008
Even though it sounds awfully depressing, there's something moving about watching people go at their lives with everything they have -- or don't have.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
March 14, 2008
Like a Brazilian telenovela unfolding in real time, the film fans its cards out slowly until we can see for ourselves the deck is stacked.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
February 25, 2008
Although the characters are steeped in the culture of telenovelas and voodoo superstition, Alice's House is a subtly flavorful slice of life rather than a steamy potboiler.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
February 22, 2008
In a remarkably assured, no-frills feature debut, Brazilian documentarian Chico Teixeira draws a vivid portrait of marital and familial dysfunction.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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David Wiegand
San Francisco Chronicle
January 25, 2008
Teixeira elicits extraordinary performances from his entire cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
January 25, 2008
Writer-director Chico Teixeira, who started out making documentaries, watches from afar as his middle-class characters go about their day-in, day-out activities, most of which revolve around sex.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
January 25, 2008
Some stories, Teixeira is wise enough to realize, are best left unadorned.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
January 25, 2008
What lingers after watching Alice's House are not the moments of conflict but the inexorable rhythms of daily life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
January 25, 2008
Chico Teixeira's languid, libidinous Alice's House is the best argument against marriage and motherhood to appear in many a year.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Deborah Young
Variety
January 24, 2008
Documaker Chico Teixeira gives a light, natural feel to his small but fetching first feature, set in a working class household in Sao Paulo that gets turned upside down by everyday dramas of sexual and emotional betrayal.
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Stephen Farber
Hollywood Reporter
January 24, 2008
Despite all the crises brewing in this family, we never feel there's anything at stake.
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
January 24, 2008
Ribas delivers a natural, earthy performance that has helped this film win numerous awards on the festival circuit.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Julia Wallace
Village Voice
January 22, 2008
Alice's House is an utterly average foreign art-house film, with all the strengths and flaws that label implies.