House of D - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

House of D Reviews

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Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
April 29, 2005
An uneven childhood memoir whose moments of heart are undermined by overt plot contrivances and a mawkish sentimentality.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
April 29, 2005
A sweet but inept coming-of-age tale.
| Original Score: 2/5
Shawn Levy
Oregonian
April 29, 2005
A movie that with its own review in its title.
| Original Score: D
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
April 29, 2005
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Bruce Kirkland
Jam! Movies
April 29, 2005
So ineptly written and directed by Duchovny, and so poorly performed by Duchovny and Robin Williams in particular, that it is embarrassing to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Jennie Punter
Globe and Mail
April 29, 2005
In need of a tighter narrative and, more importantly, a raison d'être.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
April 29, 2005
Of the many mistakes Duchovny makes, perhaps the worst is his criminal underuse of Leoni (his real-life spouse), who's about the only thing the film has going for it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
April 29, 2005
As soon as Williams enters, simpering, this is a character that we wish would die a horrid death, or at least disappear. That's a problem Duchovny can't overcome.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
April 29, 2005
Anton Yelchin is the real reason to see the film. The teenage actor has already shown a flair for underplaying to good effect on the Showtime series Huff.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
April 29, 2005
House of D dawdles along as the sort of 1970s-inflicted coming of age reminiscence that feels like the unprocessed ramblings of its creator.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
April 29, 2005
Duchovny's tone shifts in this seriocomic mess are mishandled, so that the comic parts aren't funny and the serious stuff elicits inappropriate laughter.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
James Verniere
Boston Herald
April 29, 2005
A shaggy, self-indulgent psychodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
April 29, 2005
The year is young -- there is a movie featuring Paris Hilton due soon -- but it's hard to imagine anything in 2005 being more excruciating to endure.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
April 29, 2005
Despite a weak foundation built with coming-of-age clichés, House of D almost works as a melancholy look back.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 29, 2005
This movie tries so hard; it's practically begging for you to like it - but being earnest isn't enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Mary-Liz Shaw
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
April 28, 2005
House of D wears its classic story like a fine suit, but it teeters on the cliché, occasionally falling into the rut of the predictable.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
April 28, 2005
The movie never gels. It lies there, flat and unconvincing, with little spurts of florid melodrama.
| Original Score: D
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
April 28, 2005
It's like someone's sad idea of what a heartwarming drama about adolescence should be.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 28, 2005
House of D is the kind of movie that particularly makes me cringe, because it has such a shameless desire to please.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
William Arnold
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
April 28, 2005
Duchovny is in big trouble every frame of the way. His characters ring false, his scenes seem improperly motivated in a glaring way, and his distasteful obsession with imagery of unflushed cigarette butts bobbing in a toilet is beyond inexplicable.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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