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.
| Original Score: 2/4
"The House I Live In" leaves you shaking your head in deadened wonder at the waste of it all.
| Original Score: B+
Tells a complex story with troubling ease.
| Original Score: 4/5
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
If [it] takes a while to focus, it eventually becomes the conversation starter the subject desperately needs.
Jarecki takes a highly original approach to create a compelling, thought-provoking look at a highly relevant and controversial topic.
| Original Score: 4/4
An absorbing, disturbing sit.
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.
| Original Score: 5/5
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.
Jarecki's film makes a shattering case against the War on Drugs ...
| Original Score: 3.5/4
[Jarecki's] analysis is far too simplistic.
| Original Score: C+
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.
A model of the ambitious, vitalizing activist work that exists to stir the sleeping to wake.
A very potent movie.
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.
An empathetic, if not entirely persuasive, look at an ongoing national dilemma.
| Original Score: 3/5
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.
| Original Score: A
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.
What's riveting and attention grabbing in Jarecki's recapitulations of failed policy are some of the talking heads he has assembled ...
Powerful doc argues that the War on Drugs needs a dramatic rethinking.
A ballsy mix of interviews and editorializing that's daring enough to question a costly crackdown that has long had the public's support.
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.