• Released
  • October 5, 2012
  • NR , 1 hr 48 min
  • Documentary
  • 18 Fan Ratings
Synopsis: Filmmaker Eugene Jarecki adds up the true cost of America's so-called war on drugs.

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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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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Rated NR
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 16+ Powerful film takes aim at the U.S. War on Drugs.
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DRINKING & DRUGS