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August 13, 2004
We never get below the surface with the three central characters.
Read More | Original Score: 5/10
August 13, 2004
It may sound like grade-A melodrama, but A Home at the End of the World turns out to be much more ambitious -- and, unfortunately, less interesting.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
August 13, 2004
Unoriginal and boring.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
August 12, 2004
Mayer pushes the right buttons for a film of this type, and it might have felt innovative a decade ago, but now it feels more like a well-intentioned, well-acted retread.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
August 12, 2004
Despite a surprisingly delicate performance by Farrell, the drama never quite connects.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
August 12, 2004
The filmmakers are so intent on formulating a grand argument in favor of nontraditional families that they sacrifice most of their story's momentum and coherence to do it.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
August 8, 2004
A work of great care and intelligence.
August 7, 2004
This script seems like a condensed-books version of a story that probably makes more sense in print form.
August 7, 2004
Casting is everything in a film like this, and in the major roles, Mayer scores two out of three.
August 7, 2004
Like Virginia Woolfe, so well ahead of her time, Cunningham has the insight to realize family isn't necessarily a father and a mother but instead sometimes made up by the people we surround ourselves with.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 6, 2004
The film equivalent of the blind date described as 'really nice.' It's neither bad nor good, just sort of earnest and well-meaning.
August 6, 2004
By the end of the film, you may get the sense that these are good actors still in search of good, fully formed characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 6, 2004
The only thing to look forward to in At Home at the End of the World is The End
August 6, 2004
Although the actors do a magnificent job with the piffle, the characters hardly ever act the way real people do in the situations they are presented with. They act, instead, the way characters in a movie act.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
August 5, 2004
A narrative-heavy but performance- driven work that rarely achieves the poetry of the longing that it explores.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 5, 2004
Wonderful performances, dead-on casting and a touching story make up for the shortfalls of a condensed and awkward script.
August 2, 2004
I never believed a minute of the story. And I never cared.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 1, 2004
A sprightly but shallow tale of a defiantly untraditional family...but the pleasures of the picture largely make up for the affectation.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
July 30, 2004
What keeps the movie going, far longer than the screenplay deserves, are fine performances all around.
July 30, 2004
An adaptation of another Cunningham book that, like The Hours, comes with its own set of challenges, which director Michael Mayer handles forthrightly, with precise emotional pitch.
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