The House Reviews

July 13, 2017
A dismayingly lightweight experience.
July 1, 2017
A dark, startlingly bloody journey into the bitter, empty, broken heart of the American middle class, a blend of farce and satire built on a foundation of social despair.
June 30, 2017
Cohen and his team never figure out a way to address the paradox implicit in their title. Scott and Kate are battlers against the system, yet at the same time they are the system, directly profiting at the expense of their friends and neighbours.
June 30, 2017
It's all meant to be wild and crazy, but somehow it seems simultaneously nasty and dull.
June 30, 2017
Instead of writing actual characters, they've hired a gaggle of beloved comedians to do bits based on stereotype and persona, and have concocted a cockamamie suburban crime story that manages to be both bizarre and incredibly thin.
June 30, 2017
There's more character development (and more believable plot turns) in a typical "Saturday Night Live" sketch.
June 30, 2017
The pace is hectic, but the jokes just aren't there.
June 30, 2017
Broad comedies are always something of a roll of the dice. And while The House isn't an absolute disaster, it's undeniable that this is one that's crapped out.
June 30, 2017
All these performers are given decent setups, but the script loses interest in anything that starts to look like a comedic through line.
June 30, 2017
You both feel bad for the actors and wonder how it is that they never banded together to mutiny on set and demand a better script - unless, like their characters, they simply laughed all the way to the bank.
June 30, 2017
The rare raunchy comedy that actually could have stood to be a little longer-and not just by padding the running time with outtakes.
June 30, 2017
An outstanding candidate for the worst film of the year.
June 30, 2017
Both performers seem totally disengaged, zombie-ing through their parts as though they'd rather be somewhere, anywhere else (and fair enough).
June 30, 2017
The film arguably gets to its midpoint before eliciting a single laugh.
June 30, 2017
"The House," like too many Hollywood comedies of outrage, turns the extreme into the innocuous.
June 30, 2017
The exuberant comic talents of Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler are largely wasted in this uninspired addition to the frat movie canon, which resembles reheated leftovers of the Hangover, albeit with a curious detour into some heavy bloodletting.
June 30, 2017
You get flashes of the clever comedy this might have been - a funny line here, an amusing bit of business there, the occasional whiff of relevance - but it too often lumbers along, coasting on the backs of some very talented performers.