The Keys to the House Reviews

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Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
October 3, 2006
full review in Greek
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Jules Brenner
Filmcritic.com
July 6, 2005
Those who find this kind of material weepy are advised to give it a pass.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Boyd van Hoeij
european-films.net
November 7, 2004
I left the cinema feeling rather frustrated because the potential for a great film was so clearly there.
Kevin Courrier
Boxoffice Magazine
December 19, 2004
Such a minimalist drama that, if not for the actors, we'd barely care if father and son ever reconcile.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
December 22, 2004
Both Rossi and Charlotte Rampling, as the mother of another young patient, do fine work. But the only surprises come at the end, too late to move us the way they should.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
December 21, 2004
The kind of quietly unassuming tear-jerker that works its way into your heart despite the occasional cries of protest emanating from your head.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
December 16, 2004
The Keys to the House is a compelling Italian drama about a father-son reunion and the bravery needed to open one's heart to another.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
February 26, 2005
Amelio tells the story with a silent stillness that belies the intense emotions that churn under the surface.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
April 5, 2007
Tough and sensible film, whose heart is in the right place.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Top Critic
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
June 9, 2005
Amelio, one of the true modern heirs of the great Italian neo-realist tradition, is a filmmaker of great subtlety, emotional precision and socio-psychological acumen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
July 5, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Gloria Monti
culturevulture.net
September 21, 2005
Takes on the challenge of overcoming the obstacles entailed in working with a handicapped actor.
Lewis Beale
Film Journal International
December 19, 2004
A film that treats a difficult subject with the delicacy of real art.
Timothy Knight
Reel.com
December 23, 2004
A film of quiet, understated power and authentic grace.
| Original Score: 3/4
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
December 8, 2004
Feels as if its being telegraphed from a cosmic fugue state, and means to get (and stay) beneath the skin.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Tom Dawson
BBC.com
March 29, 2005
Amelio intelligently steers clear of lachrymose speeches, swelling orchestral music, and cheap redemption and instead probes away at the ambivalent feelings of parents towards their handicapped off-spring.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
V.A. Musetto
New York Post
December 27, 2004
Amelio deals with the sensitive subject in a mature matter, refusing to descend into Hollywood-style schmaltz.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Kim Morgan
L.A. Weekly
December 16, 2004
Subtle yet powerfully subversive look into the emotional toll and confusion of dealing with a disabled child.
Top Critic
Leslie Camhi
Village Voice
December 21, 2004
Amelio's camera captures with subtlety and without sentimentality the state of mind of a parent for whom every child running freely in the park is a painful reminder of another's limitations.
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News
December 21, 2004
We always understand why these people feel the way they do and, remarkably, believe we well might act the same were we in their shoes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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AV Club
September 26, 2005
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Time Out
February 9, 2006
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