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House of Fools Reviews

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
August 29, 2003
Vysotsky projects an essential sunniness that helps keep the film from turning maudlin.
Read More | 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
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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-
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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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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.
Read More | 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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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.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
May 2, 2003
Embarrassingly fatuous and pretentious.
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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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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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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
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.
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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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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
April 25, 2003
Konchalovsky ... takes on a difficult subject with a light mix of dark humor and pathos.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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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.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/5
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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.
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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.
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
April 22, 2003
A blast crater of preening caricature and stupefying narrative ideas.