A Home at the End of the World Reviews

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Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
August 13, 2004
We never get below the surface with the three central characters.
| Original Score: 5/10
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
August 13, 2004
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jon Popick
Planet Sick-Boy
August 13, 2004
Unoriginal and boring.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
August 12, 2004
Mayer pushes the right buttons for a film of this type, and it might have felt innovative a decade ago, but now it feels more like a well-intentioned, well-acted retread.
| Original Score: 3/5
Phoebe Flowers
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
August 12, 2004
Despite a surprisingly delicate performance by Farrell, the drama never quite connects.
| Original Score: 2/4
Steve Schneider
Orlando Weekly
August 12, 2004
The filmmakers are so intent on formulating a grand argument in favor of nontraditional families that they sacrifice most of their story's momentum and coherence to do it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International
August 8, 2004
A work of great care and intelligence.
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
August 7, 2004
Casting is everything in a film like this, and in the major roles, Mayer scores two out of three.
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
August 7, 2004
This script seems like a condensed-books version of a story that probably makes more sense in print form.
Karen Karbo
Oregonian
August 6, 2004
The film equivalent of the blind date described as 'really nice.' It's neither bad nor good, just sort of earnest and well-meaning.
Sam Sessa
Kansas City Star
August 6, 2004
By the end of the film, you may get the sense that these are good actors still in search of good, fully formed characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
August 6, 2004
The only thing to look forward to in At Home at the End of the World is The End
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Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic
August 6, 2004
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
August 5, 2004
A narrative-heavy but performance- driven work that rarely achieves the poetry of the longing that it explores.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Angela Baldassarre
Sympatico.ca
August 5, 2004
Wonderful performances, dead-on casting and a touching story make up for the shortfalls of a condensed and awkward script.
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
August 2, 2004
I never believed a minute of the story. And I never cared.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
August 1, 2004
A sprightly but shallow tale of a defiantly untraditional family...but the pleasures of the picture largely make up for the affectation.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
July 30, 2004
What keeps the movie going, far longer than the screenplay deserves, are fine performances all around.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
July 30, 2004
An adaptation of another Cunningham book that, like The Hours, comes with its own set of challenges, which director Michael Mayer handles forthrightly, with precise emotional pitch.
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
July 30, 2004
Sincere, heartfelt and mostly hopeless, A Home At The End Of The World is a well-intentioned wetnap of a movie about the re-configured post-nuclear family.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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