Life as a House Reviews

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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 21, 2001
While the script is a bit too neat and tidy in tying together various subplots, the strong acting and mostly assured direction elevate the film.
December 18, 2001
Let me just warn you - you will need a hanky. Who cares if it's a little too neatly done?
December 10, 2001
December 9, 2001
While it is both funny and tragic, the two themes don't always work together.
December 9, 2001
Its one redeeming quality is a stellar cast that struggles mightily to overcome a turgid screenplay -- unfortunately, they don't succeed.
December 6, 2001
This 'House' is no Oscar palace, but neither is it a movie-of-the-week tenement.
December 5, 2001
It says that relationships - like houses - need to be built.
November 27, 2001
This one might be appealing to those who love an overabundance of sentimentality.
November 27, 2001
The movie gets us to feel about the characters, their relationships, and their circumstances, and that goes a long way towards allowing us to forgive the screenplays' occasional mis-steps and wrong turns.
November 18, 2001
November 12, 2001
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November 8, 2001
Kevin Kline gives a poignant and well-crafted performance.
November 6, 2001
A heartfelt drama about the courageous efforts of one very alienated man to give birth to himself in the world before leaving it.
November 2, 2001
Life as a House reaches easily past all your intellectual and emotional barriers, back into that spot behind your heart, where the levers that release tears are stored.
November 2, 2001
Decent, but not great.
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