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The House I Live In Reviews

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Claude Peck
Minneapolis Star Tribune
January 17, 2013
The movie's indictment would be more persuasive had Jarecki recognized that his audience likely already knows most of what he recaps, and can handle the odd scrap of ambiguity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 12, 2012
The ambitious look at the drug problem here offers a too simplistic view that demands a more critical and more inclusive look.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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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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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
October 5, 2012
[Jarecki's] analysis is far too simplistic.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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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
T'Cha Dunlevy
Montreal Gazette
March 28, 2013
Somehow, Jarecki pulls it off, circling his subject and revisiting key themes as he constructs the convincing argument that, while the drug war may affect only a certain segment of the population, it's everyone's problem.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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-
Tom Clift
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
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
December 3, 2012
Jarecki makes clear that all our efforts and investments in fighting the War on Drugs haven't yielded any real success, only ruined lives, families and communities. There comes a point in any war where it becomes important to ask: Is it worth it?
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Kate Muir
Times (UK)
November 23, 2012
One of the best documentaries out this year, and a must-see for Senate and Congress in America.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 5, 2012
A true nonfiction complement to The Wire.
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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
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
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
November 13, 2012
Jarecki's parade of experts and eyewitnesses is impressive, as are his arguments that race and class prejudice enter into the policing efforts of America's drug warriors.
Mike Scott
November 30, 2012
Expertly researched, brilliantly argued and masterfully assembled, it is also easily the documentary of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Robert Levin
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
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
January 17, 2013
This fine film makes surprising connections and offers provocative arguments.
| Original Score: 3/4
Sarah Boslaugh
October 29, 2012
There's no confusion about Jarecki's point of view in The House I Live In- he's out to make the case that America's drug laws cause far more damage, to individuals and communities, than drug use ever has
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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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
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
November 22, 2012
Jarecki is a stickler for sticking to his subject, or sub-subject, until it squeals like a leech victim.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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