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In the House Reviews

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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+
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
June 14, 2013
The film treats imagination-and talent-in certain hands as an almost mystical force.
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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-
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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
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
May 10, 2013
The expected punch line... never materializes, so I guess this must be a drama after all.
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
May 10, 2013
Savor In the House for its meta-exploration of adolescence, class resentment and suppressed desire, but don't expect much more.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 9, 2013
The seductions of storytelling drive "In the House," a cleverly structured comic thriller rich with narrative trickery and macabre humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jim Emerson
Chicago Sun-Times
May 9, 2013
"In the House" might well be called "In the Story" because that's where it plays out: the house in the story and the story in the house.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Russo
Boston Globe
May 2, 2013
[A] slyly warped student-and-teacher yarn.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
April 29, 2013
The result is endlessly playful, although the rules of the game, in Ozon's hands, could hardly be graver, and what can be at stake, in the act of storytelling, has seldom been more elegantly sketched.
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John Anderson
Newsday
April 25, 2013
Ozon is an artful provocateur and observer of human nature.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
April 19, 2013
Darkly funny and utterly compelling, it's arguably the best teacher-student movie since 1999's Election.
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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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