100

San Francisco Chronicle

Jarecki takes a highly original approach to create a compelling, thought-provoking look at a highly relevant and controversial topic.
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100

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
David Simon, creator of "The Wire," who argues that the targeting of minorities, fused with mandatory sentencing, has turned the war on drugs into ''a holocaust in slow motion.''
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88

Charlotte Observer

By Lawrence Toppman
I've heard that one definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. By that standard, the U.S. "War on Drugs" seems crazy indeed in The House I Live In.
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Jarecki's film makes a shattering case against the War on Drugs.
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80

Wall Street Journal

By John Anderson
The scope of the subject is such that when Mr. Jarecki's voiceover cuts into the narrative, imposing a personal angle on the national story, it reduces the sense of significance its creator aimed for. But that's a fairly backhanded endorsement of a very potent movie.
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75

New York Post

By Farran Smith Nehme
The evidence Jarecki amasses against the drug wars in The House I Live In is more than strong enough to withstand any excess rhetorical zeal.
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75

Miami Herald

By Rene Rodriguez
The House I Live In is a work of journalism, not propaganda: Jarecki has done his research and leaves it to you to decide what to make of it.
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75

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
I'm wary of implying that it's your civic duty to see The House I Live In, but - guess what - it is. And see it with someone whose views are different from your own. We're going to need everyone to help get us out of this mess.
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60

NPR

By Mark Jenkins
The House I Live In shows Nannie Jeter as she hopefully watches Barack Obama's 2008 electoral victory, but doesn't analyze the current president's apparent reluctance to significantly alter anti-drug policies.
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60

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
As is, the film is more likely to impress the choir than change many minds.
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77 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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