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In the House Reviews

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Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
April 2, 2013
A poignant and funny comedy of manners that follows the interaction of a frustrated high school French teacher and his prize student.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Philip French
Observer (UK)
April 1, 2013
The director and the audience are drawn together as voyeurs imposing our narratives on what we see on the screen as we do when organising the world around us.
Rich Cline
Contactmusic.com
March 29, 2013
With Ozon's usual sharp writing and direction, this black comedy is a fabulous series of provocations, challenging us to explore how we see, or perhaps imagine, the people in our lives.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard
March 29, 2013
[A] fluently made and brilliantly acted treatise on teaching, storytelling and the class divide.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail (UK)
March 29, 2013
An elegant, sophisticated black comedy thriller with a lot to say about storytelling, control and manipulation of the truth.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express (UK)
March 29, 2013
It's a little too wordy and under-plotted for my liking but stylishly done.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Jenkins
Little White Lies
March 28, 2013
Acrobatic wordplay only hides the vapidity so much.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
March 28, 2013
Fact and fiction collide messily in a film that will be a treat for Ozon fans, which boasts an impressive breakthrough performance from one-to-watch Ernst Umhauer.
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
March 28, 2013
A black-comic psychological drama with poise and self-possession. Featuring Fabrice Luchini and Kristin Scott Thomas, how could it have anything else?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)
March 28, 2013
It's a scintillating intellectual tease, rigorously controlled, but terrific fun at the same time.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
March 27, 2013
Ozon, for all the prettiness of his comic and visual grace notes, runs out of ideas.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Graham Young
Birmingham Post
March 27, 2013
An ambitious, beautiful looking movie with the underlying theme that if you want to get on in life sooner or later you have to start to experience it for good or bad.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
March 27, 2013
Impressively directed and darkly funny, this is a hugely enjoyable French black comedy with a clever, thought-provoking script and terrific performances from a note-perfect cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Trevor Johnston
Time Out
March 26, 2013
A witty, naughty, insight-packed provocation which never takes its seriousness too seriously.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Guy Lodge
Empire Magazine
March 25, 2013
Ozon weaves another spellbinding tale that mingles the real and imaginery with terrific effect.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
James Mottram
Total Film
March 22, 2013
Utterly assured, breathtakingly executed and riotously funny, this is a delight.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
February 25, 2013
A bold and refreshingly original French film about story, writing, imagination, creativity, sexuality, and breaking rules.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Philip Concannon
The Skinny
February 20, 2013
With its exploration of voyeurism and manipulation, In the House covers similar territory to Ozon's earlier Swimming Pool, but is distinguished by its crafty sense of humour.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Shaun Munro
What Culture
October 14, 2012
Francois Ozon's interplay between narrative and meta-narrative girds this smart if occasionally too-precious drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Craig Skinner
HeyUGuys
October 13, 2012
A script with razor sharp wit, effective and unobtrusive direction and fine performances from the key leads all help ensure this is one of, if not the finest of Ozon's films to date.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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