House of D Reviews

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Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media
December 15, 2010
Off-putting drama of growing up male in the 1970s.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Prairie Miller
Long Island Press
May 29, 2007
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.
Shirley Sealy
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
While his script is good, even poetic at times, it certainly cannot be called an outstanding effort.
Stefan Ulstein
Christianity Today
September 28, 2006
House of D is a delightful coming of age drama/comedy that deals with weighty matters of the soul.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
November 28, 2005
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!
Full Review | Original Score: C
Greg Maki
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
May 24, 2005
... In this house, "D" is for dull.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jordan Hiller
Bangitout.com
May 18, 2005
David Duchovny's first stab at writing and directing takes him to a place close to his heart - the New York of his youth.
Full Review | Original Score: '1.5'
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
May 6, 2005
Maybe not a "D," but this coming-of-age yarn from writer-director-actor David Duchovny certainly rates no better than a "C."
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
May 6, 2005
Were it not for the cast attached to this project, I doubt it would ever see the inside of a movie-house.
Larry Ratliff
San Antonio Express-News
May 6, 2005
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
May 4, 2005
As synthetic and embarrassing as the knit lace-up shirt the 12-year-old hero wears to his first boy-girl dance.
| Original Score: 1/4
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
May 4, 2005
Somewhere in between a good first effort and a fascinating train wreck.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Collin Souter
eFilmCritic.com
May 2, 2005
There exists a difference between stylized dialogue and trite, hackneyed dialogue.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Marrit Ingman
Austin Chronicle
May 1, 2005
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette
April 30, 2005
The problem is that the film is for the most part boring.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Nelson Pressley
Washington Post
April 29, 2005
It's a fable that's too fabulous by half.
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
April 29, 2005
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
April 29, 2005
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
April 29, 2005
Though intermittently charming, House of D forecloses on itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Carla Meyer
Sacramento Bee
April 29, 2005
Clanks on nearly every level.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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