House of D 2004

House of D

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A sincere but inept coming of age story.

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In the present, artist Tom Warshaw (David Duchovny) recalls his traumatic coming of age. As a 13-year-old (Anton Yelchin) growing up in New York City in 1973, Tom hangs out with Pappass (Robin Williams), a mentally disabled man. With Tom's mother (Téa Leoni) battling depression after the death of her husband, the young boy is left to his own devices. When Tom develops a crush on schoolmate Melissa (Zelda Williams), Pappass feels abandoned and begins behaving erratically.

Cast & Crew

Anton Yelchin
Tommy age 13
Erykah Badu
Lady Bernadette
Magali Amadei
Coralie Warshaw
Harold Cartier
Odell Warshaw
Téa Leoni
Mrs. Warshaw
Frank Langella
Reverand Duncan
Zanne Devine
Executive Producer
Adam Merims
Executive Producer
Jeff Skoll
Executive Producer
Geoff Zanelli
Original Music
Michael Chapman
Cinematographer
Suzy Elmiger
Film Editor
Lester Cohen
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Critic Reviews for House of D

All Critics (102) | Top Critics (31) | Fresh (10) | Rotten (92)

  • It's a fable that's too fabulous by half.

    April 29, 2005 | Full Review…
  • Because dark secrets always summon flashbacks, the telling of Tom's plunges us back to Greenwich Village, circa 1973. Sideburns sprout, classic rock proliferates and lapels run amok. Then the horror really begins.

    April 29, 2005 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • The kind of personal film that fails in a way that makes your teeth ache. It's obviously a labor of love on the part of its first-time writer-director, but as a coming-of-age memoir it lacks charm, originality and taste.

    April 29, 2005 | Rating: 1/4
  • A sweet but inept coming-of-age tale.

    April 29, 2005 | Rating: 2/5
  • Duchovny displays a firm sense of time and place and genuine affection for all his characters, offering up plenty of amusing running gags and, most courageously, unabashed emotion.

    April 29, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • In need of a tighter narrative and, more importantly, a raison d'tre.

    April 29, 2005 | Rating: 1.5/4

Audience Reviews for House of D

  • Jul 14, 2011
    A awesome film. When I first picked up this film from a pawnshop I put it on my watch someday stack. Well a few weeks ago it came to the top of the pile and I still put watching this movie off. Boy am I sorry. David Duchovny score big on his first attempt to write a movie. The story really hit home. Pretty much David who plays Tom Warshaw, tells his story of when he turned 13. Nothing can be said about the cast that would do it justice. Anton Yelchin who played Tommy did a stellar performance. Erykah Badu who played Lady was a true life character. And of course Robin Williams fits the role of a mentally handicap person not a hard role for him to play. What amazed me was The Title House of D, and The Writer David Duchovny having the initials DD. 5 stars no less.
    Bruce B Super Reviewer
  • Feb 15, 2008
    Very heartfelt, realistic movie. I just fell in love with the character of the little boy. All the characters were memorable. I just don't really see the main point that ties the whole thing together though. I think maybe I'm missing something. If a movie can make you laugh out loud and get choked up, it deserves at least three stars. Bravo!
    Dannielle A Super Reviewer
  • Jan 11, 2008
    There were a lot of parallels in this movie with my personal life. Like the main character, I also turned 13 in 1973. My father died of cancer that year so I identified with the turmoil of the time.
    Ida K Super Reviewer
  • Jul 27, 2007
    I really appreciate Duchovny for having spearheaded this family project, directing and acting as the adult male lead. There isn't any violence, action, or perverse scenes since this is a 13-year-old's coming-of-age story. Williams, Leoni, Badu, and Duchovny all provide heartworming performances that make the plot very interesting to follow - start to finish. It's very saddening to see so many hardships amount in the young boy's life, yet the film concludes with everything in its right place. I even noticed the film was filmed in my own beautiful homecity, Toronto (appears as New York).
    Kevin M Super Reviewer

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