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May 22, 2018
Nearly every magic detail, many key characters and half a generation has been sacrificed to clarify the plot. But so much has been cut away that only the skeleton of the story remains.
February 13, 2018
The greatest actors in the world can't overcome a script that boils everything down to the Esperanto of cliche.
December 12, 2017
If The House of the Spirits fails to reinvent its traditional form as The Piano did, it still redresses Hollywood's usual sexual politics -- and provides an exotic wallow.
May 20, 2013
It's also a wretched paradox: a big budget, star-driven art film whose very elements subvert its ambitions and turn it into the thing it least wants to be -- a listless '50s-style Hollywood melodrama.
May 20, 2013
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
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 20, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
May 20, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 20, 2013
This isn't just a bad movie -- it's hugely, grandiosely, pompously bad.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
May 20, 2013
Similar epics are made with more conviction and less pretension on daytime TV.
May 20, 2013
The film version stresses political intrigue and revolutionary violence at The expense of the anything-goes dreaminess that gives the book its most memorable moments. A stellar cast doesn't help much.
May 20, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
May 20, 2013
It's always painful when a brilliant book becomes a bust of a movie.
May 20, 2013
This is really quite an achievement. It brings together Jeremy Irons, Meryl Streep, Winona Ryder, Antonio Banderas, and Vanessa Redgrave and insures that, without exception, they all give their worst performances ever.
May 20, 2013
The story, from the best-selling novel by Isabel Allende, is purely incidental to the unintentionally hysterical stylings of this potential camp cult film. It's truly awful, and one shouldn't miss it for the world.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
May 20, 2013
Given the talents involved, the film's hesitations in style and consistent failure to really move must be counted as a major disappointment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 7, 2011
August's earnest International Motion Picture Adaptation remains all too tethered to earth, weighted down by a surfeit of good intentions.
Full Review | Original Score: C
April 30, 2011
Antonio Banderas invigorates this glum gothic family saga as a defiant young Chilean revolutionary. And without her idea for The House of The Spirits, Isabel Allende insists she would not be a writer today.
September 26, 2008
Just as the characters' motivations are mostly crude rather than complex, and the view of class politics superficial and romantic rather than acute or intelligent, so is the film's treatment of the novel's magical realism on the mundane side.
October 27, 2006
A total misfire, from conception to execution to casting. With the exception of Banderas, all the leads are played by American and British actors.
Read More | Original Score: C-
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