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Based on 41 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Before it runs off course into excess, this brilliantly acted film version of the 1999 novel by Andre Dubus III moves with a stabbing urgency. show more

  • 50
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    There's a dignity about it, and it's only later that we come to realize that this dignity is misplaced, born of a fatal reserve and a lack of complete investment. show more

  • 88
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    The clash over the house quickly escalates into a modern-day tragedy. It is a fascinating film, handsomely adapted from the book and well directed. show more

  • 70
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Though the film is somber, it certainly commands one's attention, and for a while one's respect. show more

  • 75
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    Remember the name Shohreh Aghdashloo. The heartbreakingly fine Iranian actress is only a subsidiary character in House of Sand and Fog...But she is the soul of this pungent film. show more

  • 75
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    It's a sad, rich story, full of misunderstandings, bad bargains, odd parallels. show more

  • 70
    Sheri Linden The Hollywood Reporter

    The carefully laid foundation of suspense and dread, with its symmetries and crisp dialogue, is squandered in a clumsy pileup of credulity-stretching cataclysmic events. show more

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    It stands with integrity and breaks our hearts. show more

  • 88
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    A grim, challenging movie that will amply reward audiences willing to go along with its ride into the dark depths of its characters' souls. show more

  • 88
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    This is a hard, challenging motion picture. It demands much from the audience, and repays that investment with powerful, engrossing drama that does not offer insulting, facile answers. House of Sand and Fog is gripping and unforgettable, one of the best movies of 2003. show more

  • September 14, 2008 Calrner
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    This movie is as bad ass the book. The book is HORRIBLE !!! I can't believe the critics liked it. It shows me what kind of critic reviews they use. This was a bok recomended by Oprah and after reading it I swore never to read a book recomended by her again!. Horrible horrible

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