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In the House

In the House (2013)

tomatometer

89

Average Rating: 7.4/10
Reviews Counted: 81
Fresh: 72 | Rotten: 9

Dark, tense, and wryly funny, In the House is brilliantly directed by François Ozon and features fine performances from its talented cast.

81

Average Rating: 7.2/10
Critic Reviews: 26
Fresh: 21 | Rotten: 5

Dark, tense, and wryly funny, In the House is brilliantly directed by François Ozon and features fine performances from its talented cast.

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Average Rating: 3.9/5
User Ratings: 5,095

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Movie Info

A sixteen-year-old boy insinuates himself into the house of a fellow student from his literature class and writes about it in essays for his French teacher. Faced with this gifted and unusual pupil, the teacher rediscovers his enthusiasm for his work, but the boy's intrusion will unleash a series of uncontrollable events. (c) Cohen Media

R,

Mystery & Suspense

François Ozon

$0.4M

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All Critics (81) | Top Critics (26) | Fresh (72) | Rotten (9)

In the House is a tour de force about two yarn-spinners -- Claude and Germain -- whose lives devolve into chaos.

March 3, 2014 Full Review Source: Orange County Register
Orange County Register
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The film treats imagination-and talent-in certain hands as an almost mystical force.

June 14, 2013 Full Review Source: The New Republic
The New Republic
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Ozon and the script move a little too far afield and hold on a bit too long as the film approaches its end. Still, "In the House" has enough trippy truth to it to grab your interest and shake your mind.

May 24, 2013 Full Review Source: Detroit News
Detroit News
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It's fiction about life that becomes fiction that might be life - and the viewer happily dives in.

May 16, 2013 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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The expected punch line... never materializes, so I guess this must be a drama after all.

May 10, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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Savor In the House for its meta-exploration of adolescence, class resentment and suppressed desire, but don't expect much more.

May 10, 2013 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
Miami Herald
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This is an impressive film, even though it seems like a kind of psychological-dramatic experiment. It combines fantasy and reality in interesting ways, depicting imaginary events and realistic events with equal conviction.

December 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

Satirizes the process of aesthetic creation and the damage it can inflict on the artist and those around him.

November 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine
Film Comment Magazine

In the House is sometimes ingenious, but all the main characters are cold, arrogant, and off-putting.

September 16, 2013 Full Review Source: Arts Fuse
Arts Fuse

Narrative issues hold In the House back from being as great as it should be.

September 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Flicks.co.nz
Flicks.co.nz

The convoluted yet familiar narrative games become somewhat tiresome. The movie works best as a straight suspense drama about a frustrated teacher and his devious star pupil...

August 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

The result is one of those stories about storytelling that have become something of a post-modern specialty of elevated art. Ozon manages a light touch, however, so that Dans La Maison never feels too self-referential.

August 9, 2013 Full Review Source: Canada.com
Canada.com

As a black comedy, this never quite catches fire, though there is some mild amusement to be found in its social satire.

July 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
Flick Filosopher

Has the slow-pulsing vertigo of a psychological thriller & the twists of an elaborate melodrama, but to reduce it to these labels is glib. Caustic & funny but never misanthropic. A study of the ways people actually live, rather than how we assume they do.

July 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Concrete Playground
Concrete Playground

These characters are messed up and yet there I was, sitting in the back row of the cinema, with a smile on my face.

July 1, 2013 Full Review Source: ABC Radio Brisbane
ABC Radio Brisbane

A cinematic bouquet of surprising left turns and addictive story hooks. Strongly recommended.

June 28, 2013 Full Review Source: 3AW

Provocative, playful, entertaining and audacious, In the House is a writer showing us the inner workings of writing, complete with its power to subvert, to imagine and to deceive

June 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Occasionally too clever for its own good, the film may go one step too far, but Ozon manages the hybrid of genres beautifully and ultimately it is his superb cast that sells the nuances and the concept

June 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

A sly, stylish blend of melodrama and suspense that's also a cunning commentary on the seductiveness and danger inherent in storytelling itself.

June 6, 2013 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

Director/scriptwriter Francois Ozon knows his Hitchcock well. He employs him effectively, but the clutter is his own.

May 31, 2013 Full Review Source: tonymacklin.net
tonymacklin.net

An almost perverse delight, an egghead thriller that slyly shell-games its truer purpose as an inquiry into the construction -- and deconstruction -- of fiction. Scratch deconstruction: Make that tear-the-house-down demolition.

May 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

It's partly real and partly a fable, full of events that might have happened or could never have happened, with intrigues that defy us to take them seriously.

May 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Charlotte Observer
Charlotte Observer

Audience Reviews for In the House

'In the House'. A twisted, voyeuristic, and so, so meta take on manipulation and perception! Went a little too off the rails towards my end and drained some of my enthusiasm for it.
May 27, 2013
c0up
c0up  

Super Reviewer

A bored teacher encourages a promising young student to write a story that results in him insinuating himself into the life of a middle class classmate for inspiration. In The House is one of those self aware deconstructions of the creative process, coming across as a kind of blending of Adaptation and The Lives Of Others. The core of the story is essentially the symbiotic relationship between story teller and his audience whose voyeuristic appetites are represented by the teacher whose need for an engaging narrative rather than the dreariness of day-to-day life result in unfortunate repercussions for all involved. The manipulative young student reminded me somewhat of the characters in Funny Games, although the approach is far more artistic rather than sadistic and Ernst Umhauer's performance has just the right combination of vulnerability and creepiness. The story does not have quite the impact it could have as his motivations are never fully explored but the final "Rear Window" scene is a really nice touch and it's a smart and intelligent little comic drama that will appeal to fans of Charlie Kaufman.
May 2, 2013
garyX
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Super Reviewer

Did not leave an impression whatsoever. Ernst Umhauer's character annoyed the crap out of me. I saw it in the theater a couple of weeks ago, but I can't and don't care to remember what it was about.
December 5, 2012
Saxia

Super Reviewer

A smart and fascinating drama that ingeniously dissolves the barrier that separates fiction from reality, as we witness a talented teenager using a curious ploy to draw his intrigued teacher into a witty meta-discussion on the production of a narrative work.
November 8, 2012
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