The House I Live In Reviews

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Claude Peck
Minneapolis Star Tribune
January 17, 2013
The movie's indictment would be more persuasive had Jarecki recognized that his audience likely already knows most of what he recaps, and can handle the odd scrap of ambiguity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
December 7, 2012
"The House I Live In" leaves you shaking your head in deadened wonder at the waste of it all.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
November 20, 2012
Tells a complex story with troubling ease.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
November 9, 2012
The House I Live In is a work of journalism, not propaganda: Jarecki has done his research and leaves it to you to decide what to make of it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
November 1, 2012
If [it] takes a while to focus, it eventually becomes the conversation starter the subject desperately needs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle
October 18, 2012
Jarecki takes a highly original approach to create a compelling, thought-provoking look at a highly relevant and controversial topic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Sean O'Connell
Washington Post
October 12, 2012
An absorbing, disturbing sit.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
October 11, 2012
It's a film as profoundly sad as it is enraging and potentially galvanizing, and it's one of the most important pieces of nonfiction to hit the screen in years.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
October 11, 2012
Jarecki's case is so compelling that, when he concludes by comparing the drug war to the Holocaust, the obvious charge of hyperbole doesn't quite stick.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 11, 2012
Jarecki's film makes a shattering case against the War on Drugs ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
October 5, 2012
[Jarecki's] analysis is far too simplistic.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
October 5, 2012
The evidence Jarecki amasses against the drug wars in "The House I Live In" is more than strong enough to withstand any excess rhetorical zeal.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
October 4, 2012
A model of the ambitious, vitalizing activist work that exists to stir the sleeping to wake.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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John Anderson
Wall Street Journal
October 4, 2012
A very potent movie.
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October 4, 2012
Jarecki's documentary assembles [its arguments] deftly, with much help from former crime reporter David Simon, who left the Baltimore Sun to become the auteur of such mean-streets TV dramas as The Wire.
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
October 4, 2012
An empathetic, if not entirely persuasive, look at an ongoing national dilemma.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
October 3, 2012
Jarecki demonstrates all the ways that the ''war'' has become futile in The House I Live In, but also how it is now an unstoppable industry, with privatized prisons run as economic engines.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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David Fear
Time Out
October 2, 2012
Whenever the film focuses more on Jarecki's hand-wringing than deconstructing the war itself, you wish someone would have looked the filmmaker in the eye and just said no.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
October 2, 2012
What's riveting and attention grabbing in Jarecki's recapitulations of failed policy are some of the talking heads he has assembled ...
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
February 10, 2012
Powerful doc argues that the War on Drugs needs a dramatic rethinking.
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Peter Debruge
Variety
January 26, 2012
A ballsy mix of interviews and editorializing that's daring enough to question a costly crackdown that has long had the public's support.
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Noel Murray
AV Club
January 23, 2012
Much of the information in the movie will be familiar to anyone with any passing knowledge of the subject, but Jarecki's comprehensiveness and passion sell this story, scoop or no.
Full Review | Original Score: B+