House of Fools - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

House of Fools Reviews

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Emanuel Levy
September 11, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
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
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
June 14, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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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
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
May 16, 2003
A kindly film with a generous heart beaming through the discordant rumblings of useless wars.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
May 16, 2003
A film that succeeds not by arguing that the world is crazier than the asylum, but by arriving at the melancholy possibility that both are equally insane.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
May 15, 2003
A humane and fantastic work, and it touches us precisely because Konchalovsky shows the reality of both the soldiers and the madhouse inmates.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
May 2, 2003
I left the theater convinced that House of Fools is Konchalovsky's best work in almost 20 years (which it is) and that it might be something close to a masterpiece.
Chris Knight
National Post
May 2, 2003
Funny, moving film.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
April 25, 2003
Konchalovsky ... takes on a difficult subject with a light mix of dark humor and pathos.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
April 24, 2003
A superbly shot film of emotional extravagance, sentimentality and even humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly
April 24, 2003
Powerful war satire.
Harvey S. Karten
April 15, 2003
Comes awfully close to proving its point: that inmates in a psychiatric hospital are saner than the soldiers in the outside world.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Erica Abeel
Film Journal International
February 22, 2003
The film gradually seduces with its mix of dark humor and pathos, poetic, circus-like music, and haunting characters.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
October 28, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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