• PG-13, 1 hr. 37 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    David Duchovny
    In Theaters:
    May 7, 2004 Wide
    On DVD:
    Oct 4, 2005
  • Lions Gate Films

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House of D Reviews

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Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

An uneven childhood memoir whose moments of heart are undermined by overt plot contrivances and a mawkish sentimentality.

Full Review Source: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle | Original Score: 4/10

April 29, 2005
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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A sweet but inept coming-of-age tale.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 2/5

April 29, 2005
Shawn Levy
Oregonian

A movie that with its own review in its title.

Full Review Source: Oregonian | Original Score: D

April 29, 2005
Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
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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.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 29, 2005
Bruce Kirkland
Jam! Movies

So ineptly written and directed by Duchovny, and so poorly performed by Duchovny and Robin Williams in particular, that it is embarrassing to watch.

Full Review Source: Jam! Movies | Original Score: 1.5/5

April 29, 2005
Jennie Punter
Globe and Mail
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In need of a tighter narrative and, more importantly, a raison d'être.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 1.5/4

April 29, 2005
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Of the many mistakes Duchovny makes, perhaps the worst is his criminal underuse of Leoni (his real-life spouse), who's about the only thing the film has going for it.

Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Original Score: 1.5/4

April 29, 2005
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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As soon as Williams enters, simpering, this is a character that we wish would die a horrid death, or at least disappear. That's a problem Duchovny can't overcome.

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

April 29, 2005
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette

Anton Yelchin is the real reason to see the film. The teenage actor has already shown a flair for underplaying to good effect on the Showtime series Huff.

Full Review Source: Worcester Telegram & Gazette | Original Score: 3/5

April 29, 2005
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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House of D dawdles along as the sort of 1970s-inflicted coming of age reminiscence that feels like the unprocessed ramblings of its creator.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 1.5/4

April 29, 2005
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune

Duchovny's tone shifts in this seriocomic mess are mishandled, so that the comic parts aren't funny and the serious stuff elicits inappropriate laughter.

| Original Score: 1.5/4

April 29, 2005
James Verniere
Boston Herald

A shaggy, self-indulgent psychodrama.

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

April 29, 2005
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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The year is young -- there is a movie featuring Paris Hilton due soon -- but it's hard to imagine anything in 2005 being more excruciating to endure.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 1/4

April 29, 2005
Michael Booth
Denver Post
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Despite a weak foundation built with coming-of-age clichés, House of D almost works as a melancholy look back.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 2/4

April 29, 2005

This movie tries so hard; it's practically begging for you to like it - but being earnest isn't enough.

Full Review Source: TheMovieChicks.com | Original Score: 2.5/5

April 29, 2005
Mary-Liz Shaw
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

House of D wears its classic story like a fine suit, but it teeters on the cliché, occasionally falling into the rut of the predictable.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

April 28, 2005
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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The movie never gels. It lies there, flat and unconvincing, with little spurts of florid melodrama.

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

April 28, 2005
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly

It's like someone's sad idea of what a heartwarming drama about adolescence should be.

Full Review Source: Las Vegas Weekly | Original Score: 2/5

April 28, 2005
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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House of D is the kind of movie that particularly makes me cringe, because it has such a shameless desire to please.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 1.5/4

April 28, 2005
William Arnold
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Duchovny is in big trouble every frame of the way. His characters ring false, his scenes seem improperly motivated in a glaring way, and his distasteful obsession with imagery of unflushed cigarette butts bobbing in a toilet is beyond inexplicable.

Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer | Original Score: D

April 28, 2005
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