House Next Door

House Next Door is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer® when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Andrew Schenker, Bill Weber, Chris Cabin, Dan Callahan, Ed Gonzalez, Ela Bittencourt, Elise Nakhnikian, Eric Henderson, Fernando F. Croce, Glenn Heath Jr., Jamie Dunn, Jeremiah Kipp, Keith Uhlich, Matt Zoller Seitz, Michael Nordine, Nick Schager, Odie Henderson, Paul Schrodt, Rob Humanick, Simon Abrams, Steven Boone, Tina Hassannia, Vadim Rizov
Rating Title/Year Author
Phantom Thread (2017) Dan Callahan "Phantom Thread is a movie filled with performances that feel like the best Method acting from the mid-20th century, when actors like Montgomery Clift and Julie Harris seemed to know every minute of each day in the past lives of their characters." EDIT
Posted Jan 19, 2018
Call Me by Your Name (2017) Dan Callahan "Call Me by Your Name is a great love story, and it is also a story about the way that Guadagnino's camera loves and brings out Hammer as an actor who can express joy or inner turmoil with a glance." EDIT
Posted Nov 22, 2017
Jackie (2016) Kenji Fujishima Pablo Larraín's film is concerned with elucidating levels of performance in public and private spheres. EDIT
Posted Nov 28, 2016
Applause (2009) Matthew Connolly Though utterly convincing as a renowned theater actress, it's clear from her work in Applause that Paprika Steen has a face for the camera. EDIT
Posted Apr 7, 2016
Men at Work (1990) Odie Henderson Men at Work is patient zero for the plague of Charlie Sheen movies that infected the 1990s. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2015
Wild at Heart (1990) Robert C. Crumbow The power of the film is the endurance of an Elvis Presley song (or two), the staying power of a children's movie, and the sight and sound of a match being struck: romantically mellow, wackily comic, and deadly, darkly serious. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2015
Quick Change (1990) Odie Henderson Quick Change requires a leap of faith from the audience. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2015
Die Hard 2 (1990) Evan Davis Most sequels try to hide from their derivative essence. EDIT
Posted Jun 29, 2015
Tales From the Darkside: The Movie (1990) Odie Henderson Privilege is also a crime in Cat from Hell, which once again pits the rich against a supernatural force for whom money holds no currency. EDIT
Posted May 4, 2015
Cinderella (2015) Kenji Fujishima It's been made with enough care and belief in its material that it manages to refresh our relationship to the iconic tale. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2015
Salesman (1969) Matt Zoller Seitz With his weathered face, Chiclet teeth and hints of baseline depression, Paul the Badger is the film's foremost emblem of American malaise, a fortysomething Working Joe chewed up in the gears of consumerist expectations. EDIT
Posted Mar 9, 2015
It Follows (2014) Ed Gonzalez Though visionary, It Follows abounds in undigested ideas and dubious sexual politics. EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2015
Mommy (2014) Tomas Hachard For a director whose characters regularly display an abundance of melodramatic sentiment, Xavier Dolan leaves himself plenty of emotional cover in his movies. EDIT
Posted Jan 21, 2015
Nightcrawler (2014) Tomas Hachard Nightcrawler lives by Gyllenhaal's great performance, but it dies by the limits of his character. EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2014
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014) Michael Nordine Perhaps we can consider films like Babel the necessary ashes from which Birdman had to rise and hope Alejandro González Iñárritu's ascendance continues. EDIT
Posted Oct 12, 2014
Young Einstein (1988) Odie Henderson Serious's most distinguishing feature is his unruly hair, which serves as both a reminder of Einstein's own unkempt mane and the endless series of '80s-era stand-up comedians memorable only for their wacky hairdos. EDIT
Posted Aug 6, 2014
Lock Up (1989) Clayton Dillard There's nothing fun, however, about Lock Up's absent social interests, which are made particularly deplorable through a refusal to address any semblance of a socio-political zeitgeist. EDIT
Posted Aug 4, 2014
Starry Eyes (2014) Calum Marsh The film, in the end, doesn't have much to say about the nature of fame and ambition, other than a bit of facile posturing and shopworn wisdom, and frankly, Widmyer and Kolsch seem more interested in exploitation than reflection. EDIT
Posted Jul 30, 2014
Weekend at Bernie's (1989) Steve Macfarlane Ted Kotcheff's moth-bitten, notoriously macabre comedy Weekend at Bernie's is best--and most rewardingly--revisited as an unintended rumination on the queasy moral crises of Reaganomics-era America. EDIT
Posted Jul 6, 2014
Batman (1989) Kenji Fujishima Returning to Tim Burton's 1989 Batman in light of Christopher Nolan's recent, remarkably successful Batman trilogy turns out to be quite a fascinating experience. EDIT
Posted Jun 23, 2014
The Liberator (2013) Oscar Moralde It cannot show history with any sort of complexity, so it instead gives us masses of people moved by Bolívar's words, and gorgeous sweeping vistas of the landscape backed by a stirring orchestra. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2014
Natural Sciences (2014) Oscar Moralde Breezy and slight in its runtime, Matías Lucchesi has crafted a coming-of-age film that's modest in its ambitions, but touching nonetheless. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2014
Club sándwich (2013) James Lattimer As each of his running gags peters out into tidy resolution and the tired old tropes of the coming-of-age story rear their head, the overriding impression is that a bit of shit-shovelling might do Eimbcke the world of good. EDIT
Posted Jun 16, 2014
Tir (2013) James Lattimer While it feels churlish to criticize such a topical, heartfelt endeavour, it's also hard not to groan at a film whose final message is underlined by its protagonist literally shovelling shit. EDIT
Posted Jun 16, 2014
Arraianos (2012) James Lattimer It's only toward the end of the film, as one of the old women is seen sitting at a sewing machine in a modern house, that you realise just how far out of space and time it's transported you. EDIT
Posted Jun 16, 2014
Costa da morte (2013) James Lattimer Quite apart from the sheer visual joy generated by Patiño's images, his injections of gentle humour in the voiceover anecdotes and lithe shifts in focus give the film a sense of forward motion and flow that thankfully never lets up. EDIT
Posted Jun 16, 2014
Double Play: James Benning and Richard Linklater (2013) James Lattimer Even if some of the Linklater film montages verge on YouTube fan videos, there's no denying the considerable skill involved in capturing such a natural-seeming conversation and then having its cadences dictate its structure. EDIT
Posted Jun 16, 2014
Vampire's Kiss (1989) Robert C. Crumbow Vampire's Kiss, pretty much never recognized, is even more important today than it was in the summer of 1989. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2014
Renegades (1989) Steve Macfarlane What's left is a thin daguerreotype of an idea that was losing steam before cameras were even rolling. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2014
Dead Poets Society (1989) Odie Henderson Dead Poets Society purports to be about the bravery of following one's own path. This is a bright, shining lie, one the film is ballsy enough to tell to your face. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2014
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) Ted Pigeon For all its deficiencies and inconsistencies, Last Crusade endears itself to audiences by the utter idiosyncrasy of its execution. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2014
For Queen and Country (1988) Clayton Dillard Unlike Denzel Washington, whose acting career was soon to prosper, Martin Stellman hasn't directed another film since. EDIT
Posted May 19, 2014
Captivated: The Trials of Pamela Smart (2014) Clayton Dillard Private Violence is directive American trauma thinkpiece, insistent that its troubles can be confronted head-on. EDIT
Posted Mar 3, 2014
Private Violence (2014) Clayton Dillard Jeremiah Zagar's structure and politics devolve from questioning a particular kind of mediated fervor to concerning itself with more obvious issues of judicial malpractice. EDIT
Posted Mar 3, 2014
Ukraine Is Not a Brothel (2013) Clayton Dillard What Kitty Green lacks in resolution, the film makes up for by implicitly stating that image-whether self- or media-made-is all that ultimately matters. EDIT
Posted Mar 3, 2014
Concerning Violence (2014) Clayton Dillard The film struggles at times to transcend its academic presentation as an advanced visual essay explicating a theoretical text. EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2014
Manakamana (2013) Clayton Dillard Its urgent insistence upon rekindled patience and compassion make it a peculiar kind of structuralist essay film--and one of the most compelling in recent memory. EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2014
Happy Valley (2014) Clayton Dillard Happy Valley quietly reveals the structures that assist deviant behavior as the site of true horror. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2014
Rich Hill (2014) Clayton Dillard The directors allow their camera to probe and linger in spaces of disorder and grime, but without any discernible purpose other than gaining access to lower-class spaces. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2014
The Notorious Mr. Monks (1958) Clayton Dillard The Notorious Mr. Bout doesn't untangle the moral and ethical quandary presented here by the density of reconciling public sins with private passions. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2014
Intruders (2013) Jesse Cataldo Using personal differences, economic rifts, and familiar city-versus-country conflicts to lay the groundwork for a complex murder mystery, Intruders remains a consistently entertaining and surprising sophomore effort. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2014
Papusza (2013) Ela Bittencourt Papusza is at its most enthralling in some of the flashbacks, where we glimpse the heroine as an agent of her own fate. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2014
Metro Manila (2012) Kenji Fujishima It easily shows up Ellis's panoply of crime-drama clichés and overall touristic gaze. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2014
The Weight (2012) Chuck Bowen It's one of a kind. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2014
The Sacrament (2013) Chuck Bowen Based on the evidence offered here, West would appear to believe that all cultists come to their way of life by an inherent lunacy or stupidity and nothing more. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2014
Our Sunhi (2013) Chris Cabin A past of repressed feelings and bad trysts is summoned, but the conversations between Sunhi and her men seem to pivot more on questions of a sustainable career in filmmaking. EDIT
Posted Feb 18, 2014
Felony (2013) Chuck Bowen Felony reveals itself to be a profoundly cynical movie posing as a work of idealism. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2014
Boyhood (2014) John Semley Linklater has crafted a quotidian epic, a film sprawling in scope and ambition, bottomless in human feeling. Not since Altman's Nashville has an American film felt as real as life itself. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2014
20,000 Days on Earth (2014) John Semley It's not exactly a "revealing" documentary, if shaking out dirt is to be taken as a metric by which these sorts of biographical sketches should be judged. EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2014
The Better Angels (2014) John Semley Edwards's homage to his master plays like sycophantic, if well-meaning, imitation, like a kid trying to impress his dad by swinging his golf clubs or clumsily strumming a guitar. EDIT
Posted Feb 10, 2014