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  • 88
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    With its complex look at storytelling, imagination and the teacher-student dynamic, In the House is an elaborate cinematic fresco. show more

  • 70
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    The cleverness gives considerable pleasure until the story grows absurd and the story within the story turns unpleasant, like the creepily precocious young man who tells it. show more

  • 60
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Neither Claude nor Ozon comes up with a satisfying finish to this intriguing setup. But because they’re both so committed to seducing their audience, it’s a lot of fun watching them try. show more

  • 78
    Jordan Hoffman Film.com

    In the House is crafty and juicy and ought to delight anyone whose ever thumped their chest about being a storyteller. I must confess, however, that somewhere in the third act the air started to leak from the balloon. show more

  • 80
    Ella Taylor NPR

    In the House is often mordantly funny. Luchini is France's master of deadpan comedy: When he does farce, it carries an undertow of sorrow, and vice versa. show more

  • 75
    Jim Emerson Chicago Sun-Times

    After a while, it seems to run out of places to go, but for most of its running time, it’s a wickedly clever divertissement. show more

  • 75
    Rex Reed New York Observer

    There are humorous intrusions (e.g., an art show at Jeanne’s gallery that includes Nazi symbols constructed from penises), and great performances throughout. show more

  • 75
    Roger Moore Movie Nation

    For all its pleasures, as Germaine nudges Claude toward that “ideal” ending that will make the reader say “I never saw that coming” and “It could not have ended any other way” at the same time, one only wishes this absorbing but melodramatic film had taken that advice. show more

  • 63
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    In the House seems to be building toward a cathartic and unexpected finale. Instead, you get a baffling fizzle — an inexcusably limp and unimaginative conclusion that doesn’t bring a single plot strand to a satisfying end. show more

  • 63
    Kyle Smith New York Post

    In the House promises to be a social satire with a flash of Hitchcockian menace, but gradually it turns into a routine thumb-sucker on reality versus fiction. show more

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