House of Fools Reviews

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September 11, 2005
October 28, 2003
August 29, 2003
It's hard to dislike a movie that identifies Russian mental patients as Bryan Adams' core audience.
August 29, 2003
Vysotsky projects an essential sunniness that helps keep the film from turning maudlin.
August 22, 2003
It may be based on a true story, but another filmmaker told it before -- and better.
August 21, 2003
Janna, played with endearing toughness by Julia Vysotsky, is the heart of this film.
July 16, 2003
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.
July 11, 2003
Unbelievably insensitive in its depiction of the mentally ill.
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.
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.
June 28, 2003
Sub-Fellini nonsense.
June 15, 2003
The use of Bryan Adams as the madwoman's imagined paramour is indicative of just how mediocre this movie is.
June 14, 2003
Too disjointed, derivative and stylistically clumsy to be much more than an irritant.
June 14, 2003
June 13, 2003
There's not much to Konchalovsky's tale ... but it's often beautifully told; a gentle fantasy of a harsh time.
June 12, 2003
As Janna demonstrates, old assumptions and passions certainly die hard. And the worst is when they don't die at all.
June 12, 2003
Often trying and not wholly successful but highly ambitious and ultimately rewarding.
June 4, 2003
...the most striking feature of the film is the fundamental decency and even gentleness of both the soldiers and the mad
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.
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