Herman's House Reviews

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Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
May 10, 2013
A very poignant doc that celebrates the genuine virtues of compassion, friendship.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.45/10
Louis Proyect
rec.arts.movies.reviews
April 19, 2013
Reminiscent in some ways of the Damien Nichols story but more about a father-daughter relationship. It also shows what a gifted conceptual artist can do, making the Whitney Biennial look like a bit of a joke.
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
April 19, 2013
Bhalla builds a damning picture of what's happening to Wallace. But he avoids pure rant ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
April 18, 2013
Although this documentary has a powerful political subtext, it is best described as a conceptual art piece about confinement, attached to a dual biography of the artist and the prisoner.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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April 18, 2013
The contrasting demeanors of its two main characters give Herman's House its spark, but the movie has some pungent moments without them.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
April 18, 2013
A compelling and enlightening documentary about the important role creativity can play in the pursuit of justice and the spread of compassion.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
April 18, 2013
This moving but sketchy documentary fails to explore its provocative issues in fully satisfying fashion.
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Jenna Scherer
Time Out
April 16, 2013
It's an absorbing, prickly tale, which Bhalla doesn't tell as coherently as he could have-oddly fitting, considering this is a story about frustrated ambitions and unfulfilled potential.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Zachary Wigon
Village Voice
April 16, 2013
Against the prospect of unhappy endings, the human spirit still strives.
Kalvin Henely
Slant Magazine
April 16, 2013
An involving documentary that doesn't offer a convincing argument against solitary confinement for those who may not fully realize what's objectionable about it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Maria Garcia
Film Journal International
April 16, 2013
Herman's House shows off the talents of several young principal crew members, and that of the director who makes his documentary feature debut, but it lacks the gravitas of human-rights filmmaking.
Kam Williams
AALBC.com
April 13, 2013
A fascinating biopic as much about a possible miscarriage of justice as about a case of arrested development who looks like a little girl playing house with an imaginary mate.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Adam Nayman
Globe and Mail
October 12, 2012
Herman's House is conventionally produced, but it does right by its two uncommon subjects.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
October 11, 2012
Wallace is heard but not seen in the film, a decision by Toronto director Angad Singh Bhalla that serves art more than it does the story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 17, 2012
What drives the film is artist Jackie Sumell's relationship with [Angola 3 member Herman] Wallace.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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John Anderson
Variety
May 8, 2012
A portrait of an invisible man, Herman's House is a raised voice in the constitutional debate over solitary confinement.
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