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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
October 11, 2012
It's a film as profoundly sad as it is enraging and potentially galvanizing, and it's one of the most important pieces of nonfiction to hit the screen in years.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
October 11, 2012
Jarecki's case is so compelling that, when he concludes by comparing the drug war to the Holocaust, the obvious charge of hyperbole doesn't quite stick.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 11, 2012
Jarecki's film makes a shattering case against the War on Drugs ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
October 5, 2012
[Jarecki's] analysis is far too simplistic.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Robert Levin
amNewYork
October 5, 2012
Eugene Jarecki, an adept chronicler of corrosive societal corruption, offers a thoughtful look at the human cost of the epic, decades-long War on Drugs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 5, 2012
A true nonfiction complement to The Wire.
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
October 5, 2012
The evidence Jarecki amasses against the drug wars in "The House I Live In" is more than strong enough to withstand any excess rhetorical zeal.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
October 4, 2012
A model of the ambitious, vitalizing activist work that exists to stir the sleeping to wake.
| Original Score: 5/5
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John Anderson
Wall Street Journal
October 4, 2012
A very potent movie.
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October 4, 2012
Jarecki's documentary assembles [its arguments] deftly, with much help from former crime reporter David Simon, who left the Baltimore Sun to become the auteur of such mean-streets TV dramas as The Wire.
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
October 4, 2012
An empathetic, if not entirely persuasive, look at an ongoing national dilemma.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
October 3, 2012
Jarecki demonstrates all the ways that the ''war'' has become futile in The House I Live In, but also how it is now an unstoppable industry, with privatized prisons run as economic engines.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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David Fear
Time Out
October 2, 2012
Whenever the film focuses more on Jarecki's hand-wringing than deconstructing the war itself, you wish someone would have looked the filmmaker in the eye and just said no.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
October 2, 2012
What's riveting and attention grabbing in Jarecki's recapitulations of failed policy are some of the talking heads he has assembled ...
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
September 29, 2012
A powerful indictment of a program that has decimated communities, cost taxpayers roughly a trillion dollars, and hasn't reduced the amount of drugs being consumed one iota.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Tom Clift
Moviedex
August 15, 2012
A fantastically constructed, unrelentingly compelling look at one of the biggest ongoing injustices in American society today.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
May 4, 2012
Important documentaries like this one can spark a range of responses: righteous anger, informed action or exhausted hopelessness. And we experience all three in Jarecki's lucid, engaging, staggeringly urgent film.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
April 24, 2012
Jarecki, as always, does a good job of presenting a huge amount of information in bite-size chunks.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
February 10, 2012
Powerful doc argues that the War on Drugs needs a dramatic rethinking.
Kate Erbland
Film School Rejects
February 1, 2012
It's a truly informative documentary, though it sags on occasion, and feels much longer than its 110-minute runtime.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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