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Herman's House

Not Rated In Theaters 04/19/2013 , 80min.
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Variety
A portrait of an invisible man, Herman's House is a raised voice in the constitutional debate over solitary confinement. Full Review
Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
Bhalla’s advocacy gets its force above all from the oddly similar personalities of the two main subjects — Wallace and Sumell — zealous reformers possessed of astonishing optimism, even as Bhalla closes by noting that there are 80,000 prisoners in solitary in the US. Full Review
Frank Scheck
The Hollywood Reporter
Although it sketchily touches on many provocative issues -- the inhumanity of this form of incarceration, the relationship between the artist and subject -- Herman’s House fails to explore them in a fully satisfying manner. Full Review
Mark Jenkins
NPR
Herman's House would benefit from more background material on Wallace, notably about the alleged weakness of the murder rap against him. In the end, though, neither Sumell nor the film is concerned with that. Their goal is to make palpable — and palpably horrific — the fact of living 23 hours a day in caged isolation. Full Review
Stephen Holden
The New York Times
Although this documentary has a powerful political subtext, it is best described as a conceptual art piece about confinement, attached to a dual biography of the artist and the prisoner. Full Review

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