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House of Fools Reviews

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews


Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: C-

October 28, 2003
Steve Schneider
Orlando Weekly

It's hard to dislike a movie that identifies Russian mental patients as Bryan Adams' core audience.

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

August 29, 2003
Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
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Vysotsky projects an essential sunniness that helps keep the film from turning maudlin.

| Original Score: 3/5

August 29, 2003
Marta Barber
Miami Herald
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It may be based on a true story, but another filmmaker told it before -- and better.

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

August 22, 2003
Laura Kelly
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Janna, played with endearing toughness by Julia Vysotsky, is the heart of this film.

Full Review Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 21, 2003
Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
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It ultimately feels like a folly that sounded great in the filmmaker's head, so great that he had to be put on screen, where it flounders around with no small degree of embarrassment.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: C-

July 11, 2003
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Unbelievably insensitive in its depiction of the mentally ill.

Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Original Score: 1/4

July 11, 2003

It's an odd mix to combine the harsh reality of war with the surreal world of mental patients. This makes for a bizarre movie, but it has some really tender moments.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2.5/5

July 11, 2003
Kim Linekin

War is insane. Insane people are cute. Bryan Adams is God. There, now that you've got these three principles down, you don't need to see House of Fools.

Full Review Source: eye WEEKLY | Original Score: 2/5

July 8, 2003
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune

Sub-Fellini nonsense.

Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune

June 28, 2003
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle

The use of Bryan Adams as the madwoman's imagined paramour is indicative of just how mediocre this movie is.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 2/5

June 15, 2003
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion

Too disjointed, derivative and stylistically clumsy to be much more than an irritant.

Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion | Original Score: C-

June 14, 2003
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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There's not much to Konchalovsky's tale ... but it's often beautifully told; a gentle fantasy of a harsh time.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

June 13, 2003
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

As Janna demonstrates, old assumptions and passions certainly die hard. And the worst is when they don't die at all.

Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star | Original Score: 3/4

June 12, 2003
William Arnold
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Often trying and not wholly successful but highly ambitious and ultimately rewarding.

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

June 12, 2003
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

...the most striking feature of the film is the fundamental decency and even gentleness of both the soldiers and the mad

Full Review | Original Score: B

June 4, 2003
James Rocchi

Based-on-a-true-tale drama about an insane asylum on the frontlines in the Chechen conflict is tired, trite and dull.

Full Review Source: Netflix | Original Score: 1/5

May 22, 2003
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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With its cast of nauseatingly lovable lunatics, House of Fools may make you feel like you've been tricked into suffering through the Kevin Spacey flick K-Pax with subtitles.

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

May 22, 2003
Carla Meyer
San Francisco Chronicle
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Ruined from the start by its insulting depiction of mental illness.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 1/4

May 16, 2003
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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The misery I suffered in the Russian horror House of Fools, directed by the ridiculously overrated Andrei Konchalovsky, does deserve special scorn, but I don't have the stomach to rehash it.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

May 16, 2003
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