100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
It stands with integrity and breaks our hearts.
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88

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
The clash over the house quickly escalates into a modern-day tragedy. It is a fascinating film, handsomely adapted from the book and well directed.
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83

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Just because a scenario turns dark doesn't mean that it's convincing. House of Sand and Fog is artful until it lunges for Art.
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75

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
It's a sad, rich story, full of misunderstandings, bad bargains, odd parallels.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Remember the name Shohreh Aghdashloo. The heartbreakingly fine Iranian actress is only a subsidiary character in House of Sand and Fog...But she is the soul of this pungent film.
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75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Before it runs off course into excess, this brilliantly acted film version of the 1999 novel by Andre Dubus III moves with a stabbing urgency.
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70

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Though the film is somber, it certainly commands one's attention, and for a while one's respect.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By Sheri Linden
The carefully laid foundation of suspense and dread, with its symmetries and crisp dialogue, is squandered in a clumsy pileup of credulity-stretching cataclysmic events.
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63

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Exacting but disappointing thriller.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
There's a dignity about it, and it's only later that we come to realize that this dignity is misplaced, born of a fatal reserve and a lack of complete investment.
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71 out of 100
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