• R, 2 hr. 6 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Vadim Perelman
    In Theaters:
    Dec 26, 2003 Limited
    On DVD:
    Mar 30, 2004
  • DreamWorks SKG

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House of Sand and Fog Reviews

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Serious and thoughtful; for mature teens+.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 4/5

December 24, 2010
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

A lack of empathetic characters cripples this poorly paced but well acted drama about an Iranian family who purchase a city-auctioned bungalow in Northern California after its former tenant has been unjustly evicted.

Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com | Original Score: C

May 9, 2009
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile

A fiercely powerful and melancholy tale about dreams, aspirations and belonging, House of Sand and Fog is a marvellous adaptation.

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

October 18, 2008
David Ansen
Newsweek
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The vivid clarity of the images, the compressed fury of the tale, are impossible to get out of your head.

Full Review Source: Newsweek

November 1, 2007
Derek Adams
Time Out
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Perelman and his long-suffering stars make a spectacle of pain, but fail to register any lighter notes, while the denouement seems calculated to wring out every last tear.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
Angie Errigo
Empire Magazine

Demanding, provoking and painfully slow. The single most compelling reason for seeing it is the magnificent performance from Kingsley, who deserves every prize on the books.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

April 1, 2006
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

Vadim Perelman's "House of Sand and Fog" is one of the low points of the current movie season. But then it's meant to be.

Full Review Source: Bangor Daily News (Maine) | Original Score: B+

November 18, 2005
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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If "House of Sand and Fog" ultimately feels like a failed exercise, it has less to do with Perelman's limitations than with a book that would have been better served by staying on the page.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

September 26, 2005
Alan Dale
Blogcritics.org

The dramatic scheme is to show how two people ... intersect "tragically," but what we see is a group of characters who act as wrongheadedly and intransigently as imaginable.

Full Review Source: Blogcritics.org

July 19, 2005
Bill Clark
FromTheBalcony

An intense drama with a brilliant performance by Ben Kingsley.

Full Review Source: FromTheBalcony | Original Score: A

June 20, 2005
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

Partially successful.

Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness | Original Score: B

May 4, 2005
Dragan Antulov
Draxblog Movie Reviews

House of Sand and Fog is an intense, thought- provoking movie experience

Full Review | Original Score: 7/10

February 16, 2005
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

... a movie about the perils of real estate speculation.

Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Original Score: B-

January 27, 2005
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer

Perelman ... has a distinct and shadowy style that gives each scene an edge of menace, but he does not exploit style or draw attention to it.

| Original Score: B+

January 15, 2005
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan

Who would think a fight over real estate would be so fascinating, so gut wrenching to watch?

Full Review | Original Score: A

October 30, 2004
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total

A pesar de los excesos del libreto, la película atrapa gracias a la notable dirección de Perelman, apoyada sobre todo en la impecable fotografía de Roger Deakins (...)

Full Review Source: Uruguay Total | Original Score: 3/5

October 20, 2004
Mark Sells
Oregon Herald

Devastatingly dark and painfully honest, it paints a different side of the immigrant experience while showcasing two phenomenal performances.

Full Review Source: Oregon Herald | Original Score: 4.5/5

August 13, 2004
Peter Rainer
New York Magazine
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Connelly, who has often mistaken posing for acting, digs deep here; Aghdashloo ... gives us a portrait of a woman who is both dutiful to her husband and ravaged by his iron will. Kingsley is most impressive of all.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine

August 7, 2004
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal

Stunning.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

May 14, 2004
Kent Turner
Film-Forward.com

Turning into a twisted pretzel, House of Sand and Fog becomes a melodrama straining to make its point.

Full Review Source: Film-Forward.com | Original Score: 2.25/5

April 19, 2004
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