100

Empire

Ozon weaves another spellbinding tale that mingles the real and imaginery with terrific effect.
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88

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
With its complex look at storytelling, imagination and the teacher-student dynamic, In the House is an elaborate cinematic fresco.
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80

NPR

By Ella Taylor
In the House is often mordantly funny. Luchini is France's master of deadpan comedy: When he does farce, it carries an undertow of sorrow, and vice versa.
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80

Total Film

By James Mottram
Utterly assured, breathtakingly executed and riotously funny, this is a delight.
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78

Film.com

By Jordan Hoffman
In the House is crafty and juicy and ought to delight anyone whose ever thumped their chest about being a storyteller. I must confess, however, that somewhere in the third act the air started to leak from the balloon.
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75

Movie Nation

By Roger Moore
For all its pleasures, as Germaine nudges Claude toward that “ideal” ending that will make the reader say “I never saw that coming” and “It could not have ended any other way” at the same time, one only wishes this absorbing but melodramatic film had taken that advice.
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75

New York Observer

By Rex Reed
There are humorous intrusions (e.g., an art show at Jeanne’s gallery that includes Nazi symbols constructed from penises), and great performances throughout.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Jim Emerson
After a while, it seems to run out of places to go, but for most of its running time, it’s a wickedly clever divertissement.
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70

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
The cleverness gives considerable pleasure until the story grows absurd and the story within the story turns unpleasant, like the creepily precocious young man who tells it.
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63

New York Post

By Kyle Smith
In the House promises to be a social satire with a flash of Hitchcockian menace, but gradually it turns into a routine thumb-sucker on reality versus fiction.
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72 out of 100
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