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A Home at the End of the World Reviews

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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-
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
August 13, 2004
Despite some very good acting in most roles, the people on the screen seem like types with labels.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
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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.
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Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic
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.
| Original Score: 3/5
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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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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
July 30, 2004
Sincere, heartfelt and mostly hopeless, A Home At The End Of The World is a well-intentioned wetnap of a movie about the re-configured post-nuclear family.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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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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Tom Long
Detroit News
July 30, 2004
Doesn't quite satisfy -- it all seems too simple, too glowing -- but it tries, and that's something. Not quite enough, but something.
| Original Score: C+
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
July 30, 2004
Roberts, Farrell, and Penn don't appear to be in the least bit self-consumed; you really believe they're thinking about each other.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
July 30, 2004
[Cunningham] has preserved his book's romantic, idealistic integrity, as well as its acknowledgment of the role music played in forming a generation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
July 30, 2004
Boasts actors who make the searching, agonized qualities of their characters feel real.
| Original Score: B-
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
July 30, 2004
Farrell is astonishing in the movie, not least because the character is such a departure from everything he has done before.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
July 30, 2004
The problem here isn't exactly a descent into sentimentality; instead, it's more like a surfeit of niceness, the relentless kind that leaves no room for emotion, even cheap emotion.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jane Sumner
Dallas Morning News
July 29, 2004
The best reasons [to see it] have to be the subtle, nuanced performances of Mr. Farrell, newcomer Dallas Roberts, a never-better Robin Wright Penn and the endearing evergreen Pride of Quitman, Texas, Sissy Spacek.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
July 29, 2004
We give the filmmakers a lot of credit for reaching out of their comfort zone, even if they reached a bit too far.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Sid Smith
Chicago Tribune
July 29, 2004
Vital nuances are lost, and what's left, despite good intentions and some redeeming qualities, is cloying sentimentality wrenched from dated material.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter
July 27, 2004
Cunningham's 1990 novel makes an assured, if not entirely satisfying, transition to the big screen in this terrifically acted exploration of the bonds that transcend traditional notions of family.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
July 26, 2004
... everything about this movie was so contrived and it feels so written.
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
July 24, 2004
We never fully know what those characters are thinking or feeling.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
July 23, 2004
An intriguing look at an unconventional definition of family, whose members don't speak in Hollywood clichés.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
July 23, 2004
The problem is not just that Bobby is hard to believe but that he's not interesting enough to make us want to believe him.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
July 23, 2004
The funny and heartfelt Home is a small treasure.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
July 23, 2004
It is at once too fast, too slow and rarely engaging on a gut level.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
July 23, 2004
A peculiarly bloodless variation on Jules and Jim suffused with the kind of pretentious gentility that some critics will mistake for seriousness.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
July 23, 2004
Lyrical, sweet-natured, touching, sexy and very funny, A Home at the End of the World is also beautifully served by an exemplary cast.
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
July 23, 2004
Features strong performances from Colin Farrell as bi-guy Bobby, Robin Wright Penn as hetero Clare and Dallas Roberts as gay Jonathan.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
July 23, 2004
A resonant chamber piece for its talented actors.
| Original Score: 4/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
July 22, 2004
So thoroughly decent in its intentions and so tactful in its methods that people are likely to persuade themselves that it's better than it is, which is not very good.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
July 22, 2004
An emotional wipeout, the effect of which may well prove indelible, much like the films of James Dean.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
July 21, 2004
The jarring and crucially weak link is Farrell, a talented actor woefully miscast and comically uncomfortable here.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
July 21, 2004
Most of the movie feels like Farrell's performance: deeply sincere, and more showy than convincing.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Jorge Morales
Village Voice
July 20, 2004
In the book, the strong-but-silent Bobby's interior monologues gave him a semblance of an inner life, but Cunningham's Cliff's Notes adaptation shrinks the character to a monosyllabic man-child with a puppy-dog stare.