Life as a House Reviews

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June 2, 2011
This father-son melodrama is well acted, but it's too solemn and too concerned with being inspirational
December 30, 2006
June 25, 2004
Remember the movie Terms of Endearment, about a mother-daughter relationship, a terminal illness and a message about not taking people for granted?
March 10, 2003
February 8, 2003
Thank goodness there are actors capable of delivering performances better than the scripts they're given. Too bad there aren't more of them in this movie.
October 30, 2002
...the people who assembled Life as a House imagined it as a kind of American Beauty for the slightly more-literal-minded, for those who hated or felt baffled that film will likely like and apprehend this one.
October 10, 2002
August 8, 2002
A blatant tearjerker with the kind of shady characterization and plot development that give the genre a bad reputation.
June 9, 2002
Even the most perplexing problems are wrapped up neatly before the conclusion. In this "House," nobody goes home lonely: Even the local pimp gets some good, good lovin' before the final curtain.
March 19, 2002
Gauged strictly by the gag-factor, a more honest title might be Life as a Basement Apartment with Bad Light and a Dank Smell.
March 18, 2002
As a drama it's insipid, maudlin junk that'll have you reaching for the sick-bucket rather than the Kleenex.
March 5, 2002
January 15, 2002
Glosses over some hard truths in order to resurrect the notion of cozy family bonding that is still a sacred tenet of our national mythology.
January 3, 2002
Rebuild your house, rebuild your home, rebuild your family, rebuild your life is the rather obvious message. If only it really were that simple.
December 9, 2001
Its one redeeming quality is a stellar cast that struggles mightily to overcome a turgid screenplay -- unfortunately, they don't succeed.
November 27, 2001
This one might be appealing to those who love an overabundance of sentimentality.
November 18, 2001
November 12, 2001
November 2, 2001
[Kline] works beyond the call of duty here, although the role exploits and corrupts his natural charisma while hardly taking advantage of his estimable talent.
November 2, 2001
Totally predictable.
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