House Arrest Reviews

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July 26, 2014
Borrowing liberally from both The Parent Trap' and The Great Escape, this misguided attempt at family farce rests on a couple of incompatible premises -- romantic matchmaking and imprisoned dispair.
July 26, 2014
When you scrape through the bottom of the comedy barrel and root around underneath it, this tedious morsel of drivel is what you will find.
June 14, 2013
[A] predictable and sugarcoated (even criminally negligent) take on The Parent Trap.
June 14, 2013
To the slim degree that it qualifies as a comedy, House Arrest is a comedy with rank amateur pathos, and it's totally out of touch with its own superficially treated emotions.
June 14, 2013
Only Pollak and Curtis create any semblance of character in this tapestry of stereotype, but the movie doesn't give them enough to do as the louder idiots take to the fore with clumsily imagined escape gambits.
May 29, 2013
Parents of America: Beware! Should you choose to sit through this insufferable bit of high-concept fluff, you will feel as though you have been unlawfully detained for nearly two hours.
May 29, 2013
A headache of a movie with a Parent Trap premise that quickly devolves into clamorous farce.
May 29, 2013
One of the year's worst movies... at least I hope so, or it's going to be a very bad year.
March 26, 2009
A tepid and repetitious comedy.
July 18, 2005
April 9, 2005
As I think about it, nothing much happens during the movie except for the parents making multiple attempts to escape and the kids foiling them every step. In a sentence, that's the story.
January 24, 2005
July 16, 2004
May 6, 2003
MGM can make millions with House Arrest. All they have to do is allow free admittance, and charge $10 a head for those wanting to run out of the theater before the end credits roll.
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March 16, 2003
October 10, 2002
June 5, 2002
It seems that in bad comedies children always know better than their parents, and House Arrest plays out that tired premise for nearly two hours.
January 22, 2002
There's little to commend this formulaic and misleading fantasy, which seems sadly aimed at an especially fragile audience -- kids from broken homes who all too often blame themselves.
February 14, 2001
The characters are so broadly overdrawn and the performances so over the top, it's a tossup as to which hell you'd least like to visit. Upstairs? Downstairs?
January 1, 2000
As sitcoms go, House Arrest, opening today, is more sit than com.
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