Herman's House Reviews

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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.
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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.
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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
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John Anderson
May 8, 2012
A portrait of an invisible man, Herman's House is a raised voice in the constitutional debate over solitary confinement.