House of Fools - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

House of Fools Reviews

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
October 28, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Steve Schneider
Orlando Weekly
August 29, 2003
It's hard to dislike a movie that identifies Russian mental patients as Bryan Adams' core audience.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
August 29, 2003
Vysotsky projects an essential sunniness that helps keep the film from turning maudlin.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Marta Barber
Miami Herald
August 22, 2003
It may be based on a true story, but another filmmaker told it before -- and better.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Laura Kelly
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
August 21, 2003
Janna, played with endearing toughness by Julia Vysotsky, is the heart of this film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
July 11, 2003
It ultimately feels like a folly that sounded great in the filmmaker's head, so great that he had to be put on screen, where it flounders around with no small degree of embarrassment.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
July 11, 2003
Unbelievably insensitive in its depiction of the mentally ill.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
July 11, 2003
It's an odd mix to combine the harsh reality of war with the surreal world of mental patients. This makes for a bizarre movie, but it has some really tender moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Kim Linekin
July 8, 2003
War is insane. Insane people are cute. Bryan Adams is God. There, now that you've got these three principles down, you don't need to see House of Fools.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
June 28, 2003
Sub-Fellini nonsense.
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
June 15, 2003
The use of Bryan Adams as the madwoman's imagined paramour is indicative of just how mediocre this movie is.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
June 14, 2003
Too disjointed, derivative and stylistically clumsy to be much more than an irritant.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
June 13, 2003
There's not much to Konchalovsky's tale ... but it's often beautifully told; a gentle fantasy of a harsh time.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
June 12, 2003
As Janna demonstrates, old assumptions and passions certainly die hard. And the worst is when they don't die at all.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
William Arnold
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
June 12, 2003
Often trying and not wholly successful but highly ambitious and ultimately rewarding.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
June 4, 2003
...the most striking feature of the film is the fundamental decency and even gentleness of both the soldiers and the mad
Full Review| Original Score: B
James Rocchi
May 22, 2003
Based-on-a-true-tale drama about an insane asylum on the frontlines in the Chechen conflict is tired, trite and dull.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
May 22, 2003
With its cast of nauseatingly lovable lunatics, House of Fools may make you feel like you've been tricked into suffering through the Kevin Spacey flick K-Pax with subtitles.
| Original Score: C-
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Carla Meyer
San Francisco Chronicle
May 16, 2003
Ruined from the start by its insulting depiction of mental illness.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
May 16, 2003
The misery I suffered in the Russian horror House of Fools, directed by the ridiculously overrated Andrei Konchalovsky, does deserve special scorn, but I don't have the stomach to rehash it.
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