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Movie Info

After buying a piece of land, a woman hires a filmmaker (Laura San Giacomo) to document the construction of her home by a former architect (Philip Baker Hall).

Cast & Crew

Philip Baker Hall
Harry Mayfield
Shirley Knight
Mercedes Mayfield
Jack Conley
Richard Banks
Mark Apostolon
Associate Producer
Hans Pfleiderer
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Critic Reviews for A House on a Hill

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (6) | Rotten (2)

  • Combines an intermittently lyrical soundtrack with a relentlessly theoretical visual style to fashion an amiable fable.

    November 25, 2003 | Full Review…
  • While it's clear that Workman is fascinated by the subject matter, that turns out to be the primary problem: He gets so wrapped up in creating the structure that he forgets to put much of anything inside.

    November 21, 2003 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Ultimately has a somewhat unfinished quality that complements the movie's themes -- and Hall's haunting performance.

    November 13, 2003 | Rating: 2.5/4
  • The film is full of artists who seem to be straddling the line between compromise and conviction. There is much straddling in A House on a Hill, and not enough engagement.

    November 13, 2003 | Rating: 2/5
  • Workman's autumnal character study may be the most sagacious cinematic dancing ever done about architecture.

    November 11, 2003
  • It's a compelling character study with the formal invention and editing acumen that are Workman's forte.

    August 13, 2004 | Full Review…

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