In the House Reviews

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Top Critic
Michael Sragow
Orange County Register
March 3, 2014
In the House is a tour de force about two yarn-spinners -- Claude and Germain -- whose lives devolve into chaos.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
December 17, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Jared Eisenstat
Film Comment Magazine
November 4, 2013
Satirizes the process of aesthetic creation and the damage it can inflict on the artist and those around him.
Liam Maguren
Flicks.co.nz
September 5, 2013
Narrative issues hold In the House back from being as great as it should be.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
August 26, 2013
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...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jay Stone
Canada.com
August 9, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
July 23, 2013
As a black comedy, this never quite catches fire, though there is some mild amusement to be found in its social satire.
Lauren Carroll Harris
Concrete Playground
July 17, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane
July 1, 2013
These characters are messed up and yet there I was, sitting in the back row of the cinema, with a smile on my face.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
June 28, 2013
A cinematic bouquet of surprising left turns and addictive story hooks. Strongly recommended.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
June 22, 2013
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
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
June 22, 2013
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
Top Critic
Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
June 14, 2013
The film treats imagination-and talent-in certain hands as an almost mystical force.
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
June 6, 2013
A sly, stylish blend of melodrama and suspense that's also a cunning commentary on the seductiveness and danger inherent in storytelling itself.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Tony Macklin
tonymacklin.net
May 31, 2013
Director/scriptwriter Francois Ozon knows his Hitchcock well. He employs him effectively, but the clutter is his own.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.0/5
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Tom Long
Detroit News
May 24, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Kimberley Jones
Austin Chronicle
May 17, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
May 16, 2013
It's fiction about life that becomes fiction that might be life - and the viewer happily dives in.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer
May 15, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Chris Sawin
Examiner.com
May 10, 2013
In the House is a structurally solid thriller that is both inventive and absolutely seductive in nature.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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