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Alice's House (A Casa de Alice) Reviews

Monika Fabian
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 4/5

November 17, 2011
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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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 Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 3/4

July 18, 2008
Susan Walker
Toronto Star
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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 Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 11, 2008
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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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.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

April 10, 2008
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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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 Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3/4

March 14, 2008
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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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 Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: B

February 25, 2008
Monika Fabian
Time Out New York
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The capable cast, director's documentarian past and ambient soundtrack heighten the film's real-life sensibility, perfectly capturing the working-class life of a São Paulo family.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 4/6

February 25, 2008
Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
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In a remarkably assured, no-frills feature debut, Brazilian documentarian Chico Teixeira draws a vivid portrait of marital and familial dysfunction.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

February 22, 2008
David Wiegand
San Francisco Chronicle
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Teixeira elicits extraordinary performances from his entire cast.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

January 25, 2008
V.A. Musetto
New York Post
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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 Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3/4

January 25, 2008
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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Some stories, Teixeira is wise enough to realize, are best left unadorned.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/4

January 25, 2008
Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
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What lingers after watching Alice's House are not the moments of conflict but the inexorable rhythms of daily life.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

January 25, 2008
Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
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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

January 25, 2008
Deborah Young
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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.

Full Review Source: Variety

January 24, 2008
Stephen Farber
Hollywood Reporter
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Despite all the crises brewing in this family, we never feel there's anything at stake.

January 24, 2008
Rafer Guzman
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Ribas delivers a natural, earthy performance that has helped this film win numerous awards on the festival circuit.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3/4

January 24, 2008
Julia Wallace
Village Voice
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Alice's House is an utterly average foreign art-house film, with all the strengths and flaws that label implies.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

January 22, 2008
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