The House of the Spirits

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An enviable collection of sterling actors are all woefully miscast in The House of the Spirits, a plodding saga of magical realism that lacks much magic or realism.

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A rancher (Jeremy Irons), his clairvoyant wife (Meryl Streep) and their family face turbulent years in South America.

Cast & Crew

Meryl Streep
Clara del Valle Trueba
Jeremy Irons
Esteban Trueba
Glenn Close
Férula Trueba
Winona Ryder
Blanca Trueba
Antonio Banderas
Pedro Tercero García
Vincent Gallo
Esteban García
Jan Niklas
Count Jean de Satigny
Joaquín Martínez
Pedro Segundo García
Sarita Choudhury
Pancha García
Bille August
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Dieter Meyer
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Mark Rosenberg
Executive Producer
Paula Weinstein
Executive Producer
Edwin Leicht
Executive Producer
Hans Zimmer
Original Music
Jörgen Persson
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Critic Reviews for The House of the Spirits

All Critics (37) | Top Critics (18) | Fresh (11) | Rotten (26)

  • The greatest actors in the world can't overcome a script that boils everything down to the Esperanto of cliche.

    May 22, 2018 | Full Review…
  • The thing works in its goofy way, mainly because Bille August is a man of apparently dauntless conviction. He has written and directed every scene with serene authority.

    May 20, 2013 | Full Review…
  • The flaws aren't fatal. The beauty and brilliance that might have been, don't preclude the quality and bravery that exist on the screen.

    May 20, 2013 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The House of the Spirits is like Gone With the Wind with the fun and excitement replaced by lofty. All that's left is the wind.

    May 20, 2013 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • How can an accomplished director take a great novel, the best actors working and the finest technicians available and make a film so... bland? It's a puzzlement.

    May 20, 2013 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Inert from its opening moments to its too-long-delayed close, this lackluster production is an example of international filmmaking at its least attractive, and a misstep in the careers of pretty much everyone involved.

    May 20, 2013 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The House of the Spirits

  • Apr 10, 2011
    Shit film, good book.
    Lesley N Super Reviewer
  • Jan 03, 2011
    Quite the show of family melodrama... Miles away from the original impact of the book (which was sold as hot bread after the initial release of the film), The House of the Spirits is, truth to be told, an underrated and recently forgotten epic. You'll never see Meryl and Glenn together once more with the delightful charm of the sweet Conchita, and you'll end up missing those days. Resembling more an 80s flick than a movie from the 90s, and despite its pretentious cast, Bille's adaptation provides some solid goods amidst a small ocean of missed marks, from the language to its flat representation of its historical context and its continuous chronological jumps. I mean, I would't have minded a 3-hour epic... 73/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer
  • Apr 27, 2008
    Might have to watch it again.
    The M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 10, 2007
    Wow. I get the feeling the book was not nearly as crappy as this.
    Sunil J Super Reviewer

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