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Alice's House Reviews

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Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
May 6, 2008
mia ap' aytes tis tainies poy den se noiazei an emfanistei enas pistolas apo to dipla gyrisma na toys gazosei oloys, arkei na teleiosei. Kai telika, kapos etsi ginetai.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Julia Wallace
Village Voice
January 22, 2008
Alice's House is an utterly average foreign art-house film, with all the strengths and flaws that label implies.
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
January 9, 2008
The sense of realism Chico Teixeira brings to his first feature-length fiction is fussy and unilluminative of character when it should be spontaneous.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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.
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
Film-Forward.com
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
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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Monika Fabian
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Beth Accomando
KPBS.org
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.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
January 24, 2008
A Brazilian slice-of-life drama set in a working-class household where a disappointed woman undergoes a midlife meltdown.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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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
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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.
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
January 24, 2008
Ribas delivers a natural, earthy performance that has helped this film win numerous awards on the festival circuit.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
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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.
Read More | Original Score: B
Tenley Woodman
Boston Herald
January 25, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
January 25, 2008
Chico Teixeira's languid, libidinous Alice's House is the best argument against marriage and motherhood to appear in many a year.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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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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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
January 25, 2008
What lingers after watching Alice's House are not the moments of conflict but the inexorable rhythms of daily life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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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