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House of Fools Reviews

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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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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
April 23, 2003
A film where individual scenes shine, but the sum of its parts is, frankly, banal.
Brent Simon
Entertainment Today
April 28, 2003
A sort of King of Hearts meets No Man's Land. Gracefully told, but suffers from translation.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
October 28, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
April 22, 2003
A blast crater of preening caricature and stupefying narrative ideas.
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
May 2, 2003
You know the song. It's the one with the chorus that goes: 'Have you ever really, really, really ever loved a woman?' I mean, really.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
May 2, 2003
Embarrassingly fatuous and pretentious.
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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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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-
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
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
May 7, 2003
House of Fools was Russia's official entry for this year's Academy Awards, and if this is the best they can do, their worst must be horrifyingly bad.
Susannah Gora
Premiere Magazine
May 6, 2003
Very uneasily combines [Konchalovsky's] gritty sense of atmosphere with a more, shall we say, westernized sense of empowerment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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 Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
April 24, 2003
Konchalovsky keeps the action reasonably quick, but sentimental storytelling eventually swamps the picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Bill Pearis
April 24, 2003
It's too often weighed down by clichés.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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Dave Kehr
New York Times
April 25, 2003
Only adds to the sense that Mr. Konchalovsky has lost his artistic moorings. He has certainly lost his common sense.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
Wade Major
Boxoffice Magazine
April 25, 2003
A well-intentioned but agonizingly uneven exercise that finds director Andrei Konchalovsky more eager than ever to take risks, but somehow unable to make them pay off.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ken Fox
TV Guide
April 25, 2003
Once again pressed into the service of allegory, serious mental illness is relegated to harmless twitches and quirks borne by an entertaining cast of eccentrics endowed with a unique wisdom all their own.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Bob Campbell
Newark Star-Ledger
May 1, 2003
The more sharply realized a dramatic moment, the more painfully fake.
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
May 2, 2003
Perhaps, it's a labour of love; certainly, too often, it's a love that turns laboured.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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