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Home Room Reviews

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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
September 2, 2003
Badly acted and, running well over two hours, often mind-numbingly ponderous.
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John Anderson
September 4, 2003
Overwrought, way too long, and rife with emotional implausibilities, the film comes very close to being an affront to the memory of the victims of these real-life catastrophes, because very little in it comes very close to being real.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
September 4, 2003
At 133 minutes, Home Room is sluggishly paced and refuses to lighten up for even a second.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
September 5, 2003
Too often crosses the line between good melodrama and rank cliché.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
September 5, 2003
Overall, it plays like the world's longest -- over two hours -- after-school special.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Erika Gonzalez
Denver Rocky Mountain News
September 12, 2003
Weighted by good intentions, Ryan turns a potentially riveting story of two lost souls shaken by trauma into a sappy teen drama.
| Original Score: C-
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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
September 4, 2003
With an unconscionably long running time of 2 hours and 11 minutes for what is essentially a two-hander between Philipps and Christensen, Home Room feels like detention -- without the possibility of recess.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
July 16, 2003
Not only awful but also possessed of the potential for being truly offensive to the victims of the atrocities off which it pings.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
September 4, 2003
At times, Home Room threatens to become a Driving Miss Daisy for the Clueless set.
Justin Hartung
September 5, 2003
Its noble intentions are undermined by syrupy, movie-of- the-week direction.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
September 12, 2003
Alicia and Deanna's journey toward friendship, or at least a truer understanding, is moving.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
September 8, 2003
In the midst of this didactic, self-conscious movie about a high school shooting comes an extraordinary and intense performance by a young actress named Busy Philipps, which elevates the whole picture.
Christopher Null
August 3, 2005
| Original Score: 3.5/5
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
September 6, 2003
Dismal but not disheartening, this tale of picking up the pieces is as cutting as those pieces can be and as satisfying as cleaning up the mess.
September 5, 2003
A powerful movie that loses some of its momentum by touching on too many stories. It's not always easy to watch, but it's thought provoking.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
January 11, 2004
Though the film is overlong (it runs over two hours), it's never boring - mainly due to a pair of fantastic lead performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views
November 5, 2003
The relationship that Deanna and Alicia forge is fascinating...as it allows for a genuine search for truth instead of something that is forced or contrived.
Ken Fox
TV Guide
September 4, 2003
Ryan's tough-minded little movie avoids any sort of sentimentality; nothing warm and fuzzy here, just honest emotions from two excellent young actresses.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Bill Gallo
New Times
October 14, 2003
Thanks to Philipps's explosive need and Christensen's struggling vulnerability, we see the human costs inherent in tragedy once the TV trucks have left and only the haunting remains.

Film Threat
November 18, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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