Alice's House - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Alice's House Reviews

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Monika Fabian
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Emanuel Levy
June 22, 2011
Contemporary life in Brazil as seen through the eyes of one working class family.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
April 28, 2011
Filmmaker Teixeira, a veteran documentarian, keeps Alice's world on a short, ultra-realistic leash.
Nora Lee Mandel
December 23, 2008
Builds a quiet portrait of a family step-by-step imploding. Such a sympathetic depiction of working-class families are rarely seen on screen from any country.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
July 18, 2008
First-time director Chico Teixeira, an accomplished maker of documentaries in Brazil, brings a similar nonfiction feel to this melodramatic milieu, which is kick-started when Alice contemplates having an affair of her own with a former sweetheart.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Susan Walker
Toronto Star
July 11, 2008
Nothing much happens in Alice's House, and a turning point in the plot is terribly contrived, but as sociology and maybe even a pilot for a soap serial, the movie is worth a look.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
July 11, 2008
Alice's House is character driven, and the performances are key.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
April 10, 2008
Even though it sounds awfully depressing, there's something moving about watching people go at their lives with everything they have -- or don't have.
Larry Ratliff
San Antonio Express-News
April 7, 2008
Very well-acted, especially by (Carla) Ribas, this is a tense drama of friendship, family and deceit that explores a wide spectrum of raw emotions.
| Original Score: 3/4
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
April 2, 2008
[The] restrained, elliptical style, focused on details rather than confrontations, and the nuanced performances make this house a home.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
March 14, 2008
Like a Brazilian telenovela unfolding in real time, the film fans its cards out slowly until we can see for ourselves the deck is stacked.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Beth Accomando
March 5, 2008
Teixeira brings his camera into her home and quietly records the details of her daily life. The result is a carefully observed film about one woman's growing dissatisfaction.
David D'Arcy
Screen International
February 25, 2008
[Director Chico] Texeira's ordinary characters have a quiet genuineness and clarity that is rare anywhere in movies these days.
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
February 25, 2008
Although the characters are steeped in the culture of telenovelas and voodoo superstition, Alice's House is a subtly flavorful slice of life rather than a steamy potboiler.
| Original Score: B
Bill White
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
February 22, 2008
In her first leading role, Carla Ribas joins the fast-growing ranks of middle-aged Latina actresses whose performances resonate with a beguiling mixture of emotional complexity and sexual maturity.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
February 22, 2008
In a remarkably assured, no-frills feature debut, Brazilian documentarian Chico Teixeira draws a vivid portrait of marital and familial dysfunction.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
February 7, 2008
Ribas has justifiably won a shelf of awards for her portrayal.
John P. McCarthy
Boxoffice Magazine
February 6, 2008
The juiciest bits happen off camera, yet their consequences are riveting, thanks in no small measure to sympathetic performances by Carla Ribas and Berta Zemel.
Ken Fox
TV Guide
January 25, 2008
The gritty location shooting, the absence of a soundtrack and the casting of non-professionals in key roles help capture an all-important sense of place with almost documentary precision.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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David Wiegand
San Francisco Chronicle
January 25, 2008
Teixeira elicits extraordinary performances from his entire cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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