In the House Reviews

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Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest
April 19, 2013
Less focused than most of (writer-director Francois) Ozon's previous films. It is difficult to decide with which character we as viewers/pseudo-participants are supposed to empathize. More off-putting than fully satisfying in the end.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Jordan Hoffman
Film.com
April 19, 2013
With its wheels-within-wheels structure and ubiquitous jibber-jabber between neophyte and guide "In the House" is something of a lit major's "Inception."
Full Review | Original Score: 7.8/10
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
April 19, 2013
Mostly, the film's a confident, very sophisticated meditation on art - on why we need it, how we identify with it and what it gives our lives. And what it can't replace.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
April 19, 2013
'In the House" promises to be a social satire with a flash of Hitchcockian menace, but gradually it turns into a routine thumb-sucker on reality versus fiction.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
April 18, 2013
The final scene is so open-ended that like Germain, you won't want the story to end.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
T'Cha Dunlevy
Montreal Gazette
April 18, 2013
Even though the buildup doesn't yield the anticipated payoff, [In the House] remains a slick, artful and highly entertaining ride.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
April 18, 2013
A celebration of storytelling's power.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
April 18, 2013
The dexterity of the actors and their director is not quite enough, and as "In the House" accelerates, it also starts to sputter, piling on incidents and revelations that cause its web of implications to unravel.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
April 18, 2013
With its complex look at storytelling, imagination and the teacher-student dynamic, In the House is an elaborate cinematic fresco.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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April 18, 2013
Ozon keeps sliding between genres ("Now we are in bad farce," scolds the teacher) to explore what really interests him - the creative process itself.
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
April 18, 2013
Neither Claude nor Ozon comes up with a satisfying finish to this intriguing setup. But because they're both so committed to seducing their audience, it's a lot of fun watching them try.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Chris Barsanti
Film Racket
April 18, 2013
almost perfect
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine
April 18, 2013
It's a mind-tickler of exquisite precision that saves some of its surprises for the finale.
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Noel Murray
AV Club
April 18, 2013
In The House bares the voyeurism inherent in all stories-and the class-consciousness inherent in voyeurism.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
April 17, 2013
The heat turns chilly before it ends, but for the most part, François Ozon is back in the catbird seat with In the House.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Nick McCarthy
Slant Magazine
April 17, 2013
It's buoyant and titillates, striking that distinctly Ozonian balance between the beautiful and the sinister, but it doesn't resonate.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Eric Hynes
Time Out
April 16, 2013
Luchini's dependable deadpan goes a long way toward making the puzzle pieces snap pleasingly into place, but as with most such endeavors, In the House is about its own construction and nothing more.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Zachary Wigon
Village Voice
April 16, 2013
In the House creates something far more original than the same old heart-pounding exercise.
Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International
April 16, 2013
Delicious, intriguing and addictive exposé of the creative-writing process and middle-class dysfunction. Wry humor and mystery also bring alive what might be acclaimed filmmaker François Ozon's most accomplished and unpredictable work to date.
Mike McCahill
Daily Telegraph
April 4, 2013
One of French cinema's foremost enfants terribles here finally grows up: this elegant and eloquent film weighs its words and images with commendably mature precision.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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