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A Home at the End of the World Reviews

Time Out
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June 24, 2006

Houston Chronicle
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July 21, 2005
Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Flawed but sincere -- the sort of thoughtful, adult movie that rarely appears in the summer.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: B-

August 19, 2004
Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
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Despite some very good acting in most roles, the people on the screen seem like types with labels.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 3/5

August 13, 2004
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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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.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 2/4

August 13, 2004
Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
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Casting is everything in a film like this, and in the major roles, Mayer scores two out of three.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

August 7, 2004

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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August 6, 2004
Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic
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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.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3/5

August 6, 2004
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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What keeps the movie going, far longer than the screenplay deserves, are fine performances all around.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

July 30, 2004
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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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.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

July 30, 2004
Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
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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 Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2/5

July 30, 2004
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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Never less than watchable and often quite moving, especially when Colin Farrell (as Bobby) or Sissy Spacek (Alice) are on screen.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 30, 2004
Tom Long
Detroit News
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Doesn't quite satisfy -- it all seems too simple, too glowing -- but it tries, and that's something. Not quite enough, but something.

| Original Score: C+

July 30, 2004
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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Roberts, Farrell, and Penn don't appear to be in the least bit self-consumed; you really believe they're thinking about each other.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3/4

July 30, 2004
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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[Cunningham] has preserved his book's romantic, idealistic integrity, as well as its acknowledgment of the role music played in forming a generation.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 3/4

July 30, 2004
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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Boasts actors who make the searching, agonized qualities of their characters feel real.

| Original Score: B-

July 30, 2004
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Farrell is astonishing in the movie, not least because the character is such a departure from everything he has done before.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

July 30, 2004
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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The problem here isn't exactly a descent into sentimentality; instead, it's more like a surfeit of niceness, the relentless kind that leaves no room for emotion, even cheap emotion.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

July 30, 2004
Jane Sumner
Dallas Morning News
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The best reasons [to see it] have to be the subtle, nuanced performances of Mr. Farrell, newcomer Dallas Roberts, a never-better Robin Wright Penn and the endearing evergreen Pride of Quitman, Texas, Sissy Spacek.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: B

July 29, 2004
Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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We give the filmmakers a lot of credit for reaching out of their comfort zone, even if they reached a bit too far.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

July 29, 2004
Sid Smith
Chicago Tribune
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Vital nuances are lost, and what's left, despite good intentions and some redeeming qualities, is cloying sentimentality wrenched from dated material.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

July 29, 2004
Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter
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Cunningham's 1990 novel makes an assured, if not entirely satisfying, transition to the big screen in this terrifically acted exploration of the bonds that transcend traditional notions of family.

July 27, 2004
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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... everything about this movie was so contrived and it feels so written.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

July 26, 2004
Stephanie Zacharek
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We never fully know what those characters are thinking or feeling.

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July 24, 2004
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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An intriguing look at an unconventional definition of family, whose members don't speak in Hollywood clichés.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 3/4

July 23, 2004
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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The problem is not just that Bobby is hard to believe but that he's not interesting enough to make us want to believe him.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

July 23, 2004
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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The funny and heartfelt Home is a small treasure.

| Original Score: 3/4

July 23, 2004
Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
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It is at once too fast, too slow and rarely engaging on a gut level.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger

July 23, 2004
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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A peculiarly bloodless variation on Jules and Jim suffused with the kind of pretentious gentility that some critics will mistake for seriousness.

| Original Score: 1.5/4

July 23, 2004
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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Lyrical, sweet-natured, touching, sexy and very funny, A Home at the End of the World is also beautifully served by an exemplary cast.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

July 23, 2004
Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
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Features strong performances from Colin Farrell as bi-guy Bobby, Robin Wright Penn as hetero Clare and Dallas Roberts as gay Jonathan.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 23, 2004
Gene Seymour
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A resonant chamber piece for its talented actors.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 4/4

July 23, 2004
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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So thoroughly decent in its intentions and so tactful in its methods that people are likely to persuade themselves that it's better than it is, which is not very good.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/5

July 22, 2004
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
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An emotional wipeout, the effect of which may well prove indelible, much like the films of James Dean.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 5/5

July 22, 2004

AV Club
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July 22, 2004
Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
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The jarring and crucially weak link is Farrell, a talented actor woefully miscast and comically uncomfortable here.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

July 21, 2004
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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Most of the movie feels like Farrell's performance: deeply sincere, and more showy than convincing.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C+

July 21, 2004
Jorge Morales
Village Voice
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In the book, the strong-but-silent Bobby's interior monologues gave him a semblance of an inner life, but Cunningham's Cliff's Notes adaptation shrinks the character to a monosyllabic man-child with a puppy-dog stare.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

July 20, 2004
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