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A Home at the End of the World (2004)



Average Rating: 5.9/10
Critic Reviews: 34
Fresh: 18 | Rotten: 16

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A tale that chronicles a dozen years in the lives of two best friends who couldn't be more different. From suburban Cleveland in the 60s, to New York City in the 80s--where they meet an older women--a journey of trials, triumphs, loves and losses unfolds. Now the question is: can they navigate the unusual triangle they've created and hold their friendship together?


Drama, Romance


Michael Cunningham

Nov 2, 2004


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All Critics (124) | Top Critics (38) | Fresh (55) | Rotten (58) | DVD (18)

Flawed but sincere -- the sort of thoughtful, adult movie that rarely appears in the summer.

August 19, 2004 Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Despite some very good acting in most roles, the people on the screen seem like types with labels.

August 13, 2004 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
Orlando Sentinel
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It may sound like grade-A melodrama, but A Home at the End of the World turns out to be much more ambitious -- and, unfortunately, less interesting.

August 13, 2004 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
Miami Herald
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Casting is everything in a film like this, and in the major roles, Mayer scores two out of three.

August 7, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
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Although the actors do a magnificent job with the piffle, the characters hardly ever act the way real people do in the situations they are presented with. They act, instead, the way characters in a movie act.

August 6, 2004 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
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What keeps the movie going, far longer than the screenplay deserves, are fine performances all around.

July 30, 2004 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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Great acting, but soap opera-ish. Not for kids.

December 21, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

shorter than THE HOURS and this is the main reason why Michael Cunnigham should be pleased with this adaptation of his work

September 28, 2005 Full Review Source: Draxblog Movie Reviews

Whether Colin Farrell is cast-against-type or miscast in this mediocre adaptation of Cunningham's evocative novel is a matter of debate

July 26, 2005 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

Fantastic performances, a wonderful script and solid direction by Michael Mayer place A Home at the End of the World among the year's finest movies.

December 16, 2004

The movie makes the characters worse than enigmas; it makes them the last people imaginable from which you expect or even desire to learn anything.

November 7, 2004 Full Review Source: Nick's Flick Picks
Nick's Flick Picks

Farrell's acting is so totally likable, he lifts the story from its sudsy roots and elevates it to something worthy of memory. Well, at least if you have a short memory.

November 1, 2004 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

While the rambling storyline and extended time-frame betrays the script's novelistic roots, soulful performances from Farrell, Sissy Spacek and newcomer Dallas Roberts make this a rich and emotionally rewarding experience.

October 19, 2004 Full Review Source:

Home stubbornly takes no shortcuts, skipping through a greatest hits selection from the book; All the big scenes with little of the cumulative emotional effect.

October 15, 2004 Full Review Source: Film Experience
Film Experience

All roads lead to ruin in Home's world, lending an unexpectedly reactionary tone to the work.

October 3, 2004 Full Review Source: Low IQ Canadian

The story devolves into a contest to see which character can be the most selfish and eccentric.

September 24, 2004 Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake Tribune

The filmmakers drift into sentimentality too easily and badly shy away from the provocative issues they raise (like sexuality).

September 19, 2004 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

Captures a fleeting moment in the subculture of 1980s America with heart-rending precision.

September 17, 2004 Full Review Source: F5 (Wichita, KS)

The naughty bits were eventually cut (so to speak) for being too "distracting," but the publicity surrounding the deletion may be the best thing the movie has going for it.

September 2, 2004 Full Review Source: Weekly Planet (Tampa, FL)

Explores the structure of the family in its many possible forms and makes an argument that Colin Farrell is perhaps one of the most charming blokes on the planet.

September 1, 2004 Full Review Source: Movie Views

Good will is not enough to make this a pleasant movie experience.

August 28, 2004 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It's a delight until the weirdly adult-like child grows up to be a childish adult: Farrell, wearing a caveman wig as a stud version of Chance the Gardener...

August 27, 2004
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

...Farrell gives a performance that's just as commanding and compelling as anything he's done before.

August 21, 2004 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Vastly enjoyable, nicely shocking and genuinely touching.

August 20, 2004 Full Review Source: Sacramento Bee
Sacramento Bee

Audience Reviews for A Home at the End of the World

I'm so used to fast-paced American film, that when a real story unfolds i have to force myself to slow down and pay attention. That was the case here, and it was worth hanging in for. It's a beautiful look at love in all its permutations and family and how getting family and love doesn't always follow the official playbook.
May 29, 2013
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A free-spirited, sexually flexible threesome form a makeshift family unit during the 1980s.
Colin Farrell wasn't as annoying as he could have been. That's the best that I can say about his performance in this nice, sincere film. He plays Bobby with a childlike innocence, and the film as a whole takes on his naivete, which isn't necessarily a bad thing because it's about characters who create their own oasis in a world that attempts to thrust them into limiting categories.
Dallas Roberts's Jonathan carries the film; his character has the most conflict and the most to gain out of the peace that the characters eventually establish, and Roberts's naturalistic performance is eminently believable. Robin Wright's work as Clare reminds me of Anne Hathaway's performance in Rachel Getting Married because it seems like an actress playing edgy and strange for the sake of edgy and strange; she's not believable in a role that doesn't work for her.
Overall, I liked A Home at the End of the World because its theme of defying social perceptions in favor of a small community - a cadre of love - charms me despite my cynical belief that such a group could never exist in real life.
October 2, 2012
Jim Hunter

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Unconventional people do unconventional things in this daring screen adaptation of Michael Cunningham's story about members of a love triangle that decide to be and to have a family together. But how is that sort of thing done? Somebody's feelings are bound to get hurt ... an amazing Colin Farrell and the always luminous Sissy Spacek steal the show in this adult themed family introspective about wanting to have a home.
May 7, 2012

Super Reviewer

Colin Farrell and Sissy Spacek give masterful performances.
April 1, 2007
jay nixon

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