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House of D (2004)

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9

Average Rating: 3.6/10
Critic Reviews: 32
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 29

A sincere but inept coming of age story.

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74

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Average Rating: 3.6/5
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Actor David Duchovny made his debut as a director and screenwriter with this coming-of-age drama, in which a grown man looks back at his adolescence. It's 1973, and Tommy (Anton Yelchin) is a 13-year-old boy living in New York's Greenwich Village with his mother (Téa Leoni), who is still coming to terms with the death of her husband. Tommy's best friend is Pappass (Robin Williams), a mentally challenged man who is in his thirties, but is at the same emotional age as Tommy; Pappass delivers meat

PG-13,

Drama

David Duchovny

Oct 4, 2005

$0.4M

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All Critics (106) | Top Critics (34) | Fresh (10) | Rotten (92) | DVD (6)

It's a fable that's too fabulous by half.

April 29, 2005 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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Because dark secrets always summon flashbacks, the telling of Tom's plunges us back to Greenwich Village, circa 1973. Sideburns sprout, classic rock proliferates and lapels run amok. Then the horror really begins.

April 29, 2005 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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The kind of personal film that fails in a way that makes your teeth ache. It's obviously a labor of love on the part of its first-time writer-director, but as a coming-of-age memoir it lacks charm, originality and taste.

April 29, 2005 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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A sweet but inept coming-of-age tale.

April 29, 2005 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
Orlando Sentinel
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Duchovny displays a firm sense of time and place and genuine affection for all his characters, offering up plenty of amusing running gags and, most courageously, unabashed emotion.

April 29, 2005 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
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In need of a tighter narrative and, more importantly, a raison d'être.

April 29, 2005 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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Off-putting drama of growing up male in the 1970s.

December 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Nothing wrong with working out borderline incestuous fixation issues. But a film still has to be more than your very own shrink, and reach out to the audience and rise above psychodrama interplay more suited to the therapist couch.

May 29, 2007 Full Review
Long Island Press

While his script is good, even poetic at times, it certainly cannot be called an outstanding effort.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

House of D is a delightful coming of age drama/comedy that deals with weighty matters of the soul.

September 28, 2006
Christianity Today

Not only does Robin Williams play a retarded man with fake teeth, but he also gets to wear old-age makeup. It's the schmaltz trifecta!

November 28, 2005 Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com
EricDSnider.com

... In this house, "D" is for dull.

May 24, 2005 Full Review Source: Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

David Duchovny's first stab at writing and directing takes him to a place close to his heart - the New York of his youth.

May 18, 2005 Full Review Source: Bangitout.com
Bangitout.com

Maybe not a "D," but this coming-of-age yarn from writer-director-actor David Duchovny certainly rates no better than a "C."

May 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

Were it not for the cast attached to this project, I doubt it would ever see the inside of a movie-house.

May 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly

Duchovny cares dearly for these characters. ... Unfortunately, he's little more than a novice when it comes to keeping clichés out of the storytelling process.

May 6, 2005

As synthetic and embarrassing as the knit lace-up shirt the 12-year-old hero wears to his first boy-girl dance.

May 4, 2005
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Somewhere in between a good first effort and a fascinating train wreck.

May 4, 2005 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

There exists a difference between stylized dialogue and trite, hackneyed dialogue.

May 2, 2005 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

Dour, dry Duchovny's directorial debut is more weepy than creepy, a conventional coming-of-age story that flashes back to 1970s New York City.

May 1, 2005 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

The problem is that the film is for the most part boring.

April 30, 2005
Greenwich Village Gazette

Though intermittently charming, House of D forecloses on itself.

April 29, 2005 Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune
San Diego Union-Tribune

Clanks on nearly every level.

April 29, 2005 Full Review Source: Sacramento Bee
Sacramento Bee

Audience Reviews for House of D

A awesome film. When I first picked up this film from a pawnshop I put it on my watch someday stack. Well a few weeks ago it came to the top of the pile and I still put watching this movie off. Boy am I sorry. David Duchovny score big on his first attempt to write a movie. The story really hit home. Pretty much David who plays Tom Warshaw, tells his story of when he turned 13. Nothing can be said about the cast that would do it justice. Anton Yelchin who played Tommy did a stellar performance. Erykah Badu who played Lady was a true life character. And of course Robin Williams fits the role of a mentally handicap person not a hard role for him to play. What amazed me was The Title House of D, and The Writer David Duchovny having the initials DD. 5 stars no less.
July 14, 2011
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Bruce Bruce

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Very heartfelt, realistic movie. I just fell in love with the character of the little boy. All the characters were memorable. I just don't really see the main point that ties the whole thing together though. I think maybe I'm missing something. If a movie can make you laugh out loud and get choked up, it deserves at least three stars. Bravo!
September 23, 2008
crazydannielle16

Super Reviewer

Not very original.
July 21, 2008
SunilJawahir

Super Reviewer

    1. Reverend Duncan: What color green is that?
    2. Tommy: Al Green.
    – Submitted by Chuck C (2 years ago)
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