The House I Live In 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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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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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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Chicago Sun-Times

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

By chermysanskawallahilla
the main ideas in the film are solid, but the film just goes on and on and on covering the same sentiments and anecdotes, repeatedly. Also, the more interesting questions are simply left largely...

The House I Live In

By kmartin108
Please see this compelling documentary. Mass incarcerations from the drug war may well be the most critical issue facing our country at this time. The humanitarian and economic consequences are far...

It was ok - seemed like a tv special

By AmandaWhurlitzer
I thought the movie was ok - but I was bored after about 30 minutes. Like another reviewer mentioned, it was repetitive, and repeated to much of the same information over and over again. There was...

The House I live In

By keivamorgan
This film was very informative for the persons who had no knowledge of the impact of drugs, full circle. This is my life, the part that I try not to dwell on. Drug rehabilatation centers were not...

Jon Stewart Reco

By shawngauthier
After seeing the filmmaker on the Daily Show, I was impressed by Jon Stewart's high praise. This is a very smart, startling look at the US War On Drugs. Well paced, beautifully shot, and often...

The Intouchables

By nyjones9
a great see film......

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Rated NR
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Powerful film takes aim at the U.S. War on Drugs.
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