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House of D Reviews

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Nelson Pressley
Washington Post
April 29, 2005
It's a fable that's too fabulous by half.
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
April 29, 2005
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
April 29, 2005
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.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
April 29, 2005
A sweet but inept coming-of-age tale.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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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
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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.
Read More | 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
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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
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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
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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.
Read More | Original Score: D
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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
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
April 28, 2005
The film never sidesteps the puddles of self-indulgence that soil many feature-length directorial debuts, particularly those of an autobiographical nature.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
April 28, 2005
What should be a 10-minute anecdote turns into a sluggish and overly sentimental tale that won't hold the interest of anyone outside Duchovny's immediate family.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
April 28, 2005
A little more literary than lifelike, House of D is a story that feels too pat, and too perfect, for its own good.
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 28, 2005
Less successful with these sentimentally embroidered holy fools and fairy-tale damsels than with its nicely drawn relationship between Tommy and Melissa.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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Allison Benedikt
Chicago Tribune
April 28, 2005
Goes from bad to unbearable in a single scene.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
April 21, 2005
Duchovny delivers a clearly heartfelt but terminally mawkish and awkward directorial debut.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
April 18, 2005
It's unfortunate not so much for Duchovny as it is for the viewer, who must endure a cloying, achingly precious coming of age story.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
April 15, 2005
The film looks and feels authentic, but Duchovny has powered his undeniably personal journey with a counterfeit heart.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
April 15, 2005
House of D is intensely incompetent.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
April 15, 2005
Duchovny's evil alien twin (perhaps the same one who chose roles in Return to Me and Connie and Carla) must have written the schmaltzy, wildly improbable script.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
April 15, 2005
[A] sappy and improbable story.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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April 15, 2005
David Duchovny claims he wrote the screenplay for House of D in only six days. It shows.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
April 14, 2005
The movie is Exhibit A of what can happen when an actor is allowed to pursue a vanity project without outside intervention.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
April 14, 2005
A film that takes a steadfastly gentle look at some of life's harshest moments while not overlooking its joys.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
April 14, 2005
The reasons to avoid House of D, David Duchovny's earnest, unwatchable coming-of-age drama, can best be summarized in a simple declarative sentence. Robin Williams plays a retarded janitor.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
April 14, 2005
It's a warm, nostalgic mood piece that recaptures a time and place when people were friendlier and more human, things were more positive, movies were more creative and life was more fun.
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
April 14, 2005
David Duchovny's debut as a writer-director puts little flesh on the bones of the roguish tricks he got up to as a lad in Greenwich Village in the 1970s.
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David Rooney
Variety
April 13, 2005
Feels false and platitudinous -- a calculated crowd-pleaser that, despite being an original story, plays like a poorly condensed novel with a scripter unable to make choices.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
April 13, 2005
An overly picaresque first feature written and directed by David Duchovny.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Ed Park
Village Voice
April 12, 2005
Marred by a rambling voice-over at one end and a pat therapeutic resolution on the other, the film has a nice half-hour patch somewhere in the middle.