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House of Sand and Fog Reviews

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February 1, 2004
I am scared of Ben Kingsley. And for that matter, Jennifer Connelly.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
December 18, 2003
Everything about the movie seems excessive to the material.
December 18, 2003
Sir Ben Kingsley and Jennifer Connelly provide memorable performances, but this morose film is far too boring and depressing to recommend.
Full Review | Original Score: C
December 31, 2003
Creepy and unpleasant, this movie makes you feel like you need to take a shower after watching it -- or just simply want to kill yourself.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
April 2, 2005
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December 21, 2003
The audience laughed at the improbability of the story. This is a bad sign.
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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
December 27, 2003
Underneath all the wild gesticulating is nothing: no suspense, no characters, no emotional truth, nothing.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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.
December 25, 2003
Reveals the deep, dark meaning of a botched real estate transaction.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/4
December 17, 2003
Kingsley's astonishing performance is wasted in this otherwise overlong, overwrought, and overcooked mess-o-drama.
Full Review | Original Score: C
December 18, 2003
Since the film fails to communicate the necessary level of interior insight, it's like spending two hours with people you'd just as soon never have met.
December 19, 2003
Is there anything that makes you want to scream more than a film that's this full of its own gravity and import?
December 24, 2003
It's a film...absent of easy black-or-white ethics, which makes for some powerful emotions. But it's also a film with nagging problems that add up to a distracting crescendo.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 25, 2004
There was nothing left to think about after all the dust cleared, just another movie that got eaten up in the Bay Area fog.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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
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.
December 26, 2003
For all its histrionics, the movie never earns your sorrow.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 26, 2003
House of Sand and Fog doesn't deliver on the gut level of contest, and neither does it offer any other terms in which it does deliver for the audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 21, 2003
Lack of sympathy for the beautiful but flaky heroine undermines the dramatic framework of "House" like a swarm of hungry termites.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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