The House of the Spirits (1994) - Rotten Tomatoes

The House of the Spirits (1994)



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Writer/director Bille August adapted the Isabel Allende novel about a South American patriarch who destroys his family as he engages in a military coup to overthrow his (unnamed) country's government.more
Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Romance, Art House & International, Classics
Directed By: ,
Written By: Isabel Allende, Bille August, Michael Hirst
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 19, 2001
Live Home Video


Jeremy Irons
as Esteban Trueba
Meryl Streep
as Clara Trueba
Glenn Close
as Ferula Trueba
Vincent Gallo
as Esteban Garcia
Jan Niklas
as Satigny
Aninio Assumicio
as Man at Cattle Market
Julie Balloo
as Young Lady
Frank Baker
as Intelligence Officer
Pedro Efe
as Interrogation Office...
Victor Rocha
as Soldier
Vivian Reis
as Indian Girl
Rogerio Claro
as Man in Club
Franco Diogent
as Man at Party
Pedro Effe
as Immigration Officer
Fran Fullenwider
as Emer Trueba
Jane Gray Sullivan
as Young Clara
Denys Hawthorne
as Politician
Frank Lenart
as Interviewer
Josh Maguire
as Pedro (as a child)
Steve Mason
as Maestro
Jean Michael
as Musician
Luis Pinhao
as Woodcarver
Vivianna Reis
as Indian Girl
Manuela Santos
as Saleswoman
Joost Stedhoff
as Father Antonio
Hannah Taylor-Gordon
as Clara (as a child)
Martin Umbach
as TV Reporter
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Critic Reviews for The House of the Spirits

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (15)

The thing works in its goofy way, mainly because Bille August is a man of apparently dauntless conviction. He has written and directed every scene with serene authority.

Full Review… | May 20, 2013
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

The flaws aren't fatal. The beauty and brilliance that might have been, don't preclude the quality and bravery that exist on the screen.

Full Review… | May 20, 2013
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

The House of the Spirits is like Gone With the Wind with the fun and excitement replaced by lofty. All that's left is the wind.

Full Review… | May 20, 2013
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

How can an accomplished director take a great novel, the best actors working and the finest technicians available and make a film so... bland? It's a puzzlement.

Full Review… | May 20, 2013
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

Inert from its opening moments to its too-long-delayed close, this lackluster production is an example of international filmmaking at its least attractive, and a misstep in the careers of pretty much everyone involved.

Full Review… | May 20, 2013
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

It's always painful when a brilliant book becomes a bust of a movie.

Full Review… | May 20, 2013
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The House of the Spirits

Even a high-powered cast cannot save this sketchy depiction of 70 years in the history of an unnamed country (reportedly Chile) as seen by three generations of aristocracy. Not quite an all-out embarrassment, but close.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

Shit film, good book.

Lesley N

Super Reviewer

Wow. I get the feeling the book was not nearly as crappy as this.

Sunil Jawahir

Super Reviewer

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