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House of Sand and Fog Reviews

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 24, 2010
Serious and thoughtful; for mature teens+.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
May 9, 2009
A lack of empathetic characters cripples this poorly paced but well acted drama about an Iranian family who purchase a city-auctioned bungalow in Northern California after its former tenant has been unjustly evicted.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
October 18, 2008
A fiercely powerful and melancholy tale about dreams, aspirations and belonging, House of Sand and Fog is a marvellous adaptation.
Top Critic
David Ansen
Newsweek
November 1, 2007
The vivid clarity of the images, the compressed fury of the tale, are impossible to get out of your head.
Top Critic
Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Perelman and his long-suffering stars make a spectacle of pain, but fail to register any lighter notes, while the denouement seems calculated to wring out every last tear.
Angie Errigo
Empire Magazine
April 1, 2006
Demanding, provoking and painfully slow. The single most compelling reason for seeing it is the magnificent performance from Kingsley, who deserves every prize on the books.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
November 18, 2005
Vadim Perelman's "House of Sand and Fog" is one of the low points of the current movie season. But then it's meant to be.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Top Critic
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
September 26, 2005
If "House of Sand and Fog" ultimately feels like a failed exercise, it has less to do with Perelman's limitations than with a book that would have been better served by staying on the page.
Alan Dale
Blogcritics.org
July 19, 2005
The dramatic scheme is to show how two people ... intersect "tragically," but what we see is a group of characters who act as wrongheadedly and intransigently as imaginable.
Bill Clark
FromTheBalcony
June 20, 2005
An intense drama with a brilliant performance by Ben Kingsley.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
May 4, 2005
Partially successful.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Dragan Antulov
Draxblog Movie Reviews
February 16, 2005
House of Sand and Fog is an intense, thought- provoking movie experience
Full Review| Original Score: 7/10
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 27, 2005
... a movie about the perils of real estate speculation.
| Original Score: B-
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
January 15, 2005
Perelman ... has a distinct and shadowy style that gives each scene an edge of menace, but he does not exploit style or draw attention to it.
| Original Score: B+
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
October 30, 2004
Who would think a fight over real estate would be so fascinating, so gut wrenching to watch?
Full Review| Original Score: A
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
October 20, 2004
A pesar de los excesos del libreto, la película atrapa gracias a la notable dirección de Perelman, apoyada sobre todo en la impecable fotografía de Roger Deakins (...)
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Mark Sells
Oregon Herald
August 13, 2004
Devastatingly dark and painfully honest, it paints a different side of the immigrant experience while showcasing two phenomenal performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Top Critic
Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
August 7, 2004
Connelly, who has often mistaken posing for acting, digs deep here; Aghdashloo ... gives us a portrait of a woman who is both dutiful to her husband and ravaged by his iron will. Kingsley is most impressive of all.
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
May 14, 2004
Stunning.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Kent Turner
Film-Forward.com
April 19, 2004
Turning into a twisted pretzel, House of Sand and Fog becomes a melodrama straining to make its point.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.25/5
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