Life as a House Reviews

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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.
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 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
There's a prefab construction to Life as a House that prevents it from acquiring the emotional solidness it needs to stand out.
November 2, 2001
House may suffer from excessive and unnecessary ornamentation, but its foundation -- Kline's performance -- is solid and strong.
November 1, 2001
Kline never lets the soap-opera implications get the better of him.
Top Critic
November 1, 2001
The resolutions are too pat, the characters too predictable, the situations too contrived to sustain even the most desperate desires for family entertainment.
October 29, 2001
Sadly, Christensen is the only jolt of excitement in this turgid soap opera.
October 26, 2001
May satisfy those who like their movies to offer life lessons and provide role models.
October 26, 2001
A slick, gold-streaked machine custom-designed to squeeze tears from the unwary.
October 26, 2001
A heart-warming, involving experience.
October 26, 2001
Life as a House is beautifully shot, by legendary cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond, but let's get metaphorical again: a nice paint job is no substitute for a solid foundation.
October 26, 2001
The difference between the house and the film is that the house is brought to completion in satisfying fashion. The film isn't.
October 26, 2001
An overwrought, ramshackle weepie.
October 26, 2001
Has much heart and not enough brain.
October 26, 2001
Like George's house, if not his life, it's built well and full of heart.
October 26, 2001
For a movie that's all about embracing life wholeheartedly, Life as a House sure does a good job of keeping its actors in check.
October 26, 2001
Casting here is very good, and it's what moves this tearjerker from the reject bin to the front racks.
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