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A Home at the End of the World Reviews

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 21, 2010
Great acting, but soap opera-ish. Not for kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
April 2, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
December 16, 2004
Fantastic performances, a wonderful script and solid direction by Michael Mayer place A Home at the End of the World among the year's finest movies.
| Original Score: 4/4
Neil Smith
October 19, 2004
While the rambling storyline and extended time-frame betrays the script's novelistic roots, soulful performances from Farrell, Sissy Spacek and newcomer Dallas Roberts make this a rich and emotionally rewarding experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
September 19, 2004
The filmmakers drift into sentimentality too easily and badly shy away from the provocative issues they raise (like sexuality).
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
September 17, 2004
Captures a fleeting moment in the subculture of 1980s America with heart-rending precision.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views
September 1, 2004
Explores the structure of the family in its many possible forms and makes an argument that Colin Farrell is perhaps one of the most charming blokes on the planet.
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
August 21, 2004
...Farrell gives a performance that's just as commanding and compelling as anything he's done before.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
August 20, 2004
Vastly enjoyable, nicely shocking and genuinely touching.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
August 19, 2004
Flawed but sincere -- the sort of thoughtful, adult movie that rarely appears in the summer.
| Original Score: B-
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
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.
| Original Score: 3/5
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
August 12, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International
August 8, 2004
A work of great care and intelligence.
Kimberley Jones
Austin Chronicle
August 8, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
August 7, 2004
Casting is everything in a film like this, and in the major roles, Mayer scores two out of three.
Angela Baldassarre
August 5, 2004
Wonderful performances, dead-on casting and a touching story make up for the shortfalls of a condensed and awkward script.
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
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-
Top Critic
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
July 30, 2004
What keeps the movie going, far longer than the screenplay deserves, are fine performances all around.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
July 30, 2004
Never less than watchable and often quite moving, especially when Colin Farrell (as Bobby) or Sissy Spacek (Alice) are on screen.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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