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  • 100
    San Francisco Chronicle

    Jarecki takes a highly original approach to create a compelling, thought-provoking look at a highly relevant and controversial topic. show more

  • 80
    John Anderson Wall Street Journal

    The scope of the subject is such that when Mr. Jarecki's voiceover cuts into the narrative, imposing a personal angle on the national story, it reduces the sense of significance its creator aimed for. But that's a fairly backhanded endorsement of a very potent movie. show more

  • 60
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    As is, the film is more likely to impress the choir than change many minds. show more

  • 60
    Mark Jenkins NPR

    The House I Live In shows Nannie Jeter as she hopefully watches Barack Obama's 2008 electoral victory, but doesn't analyze the current president's apparent reluctance to significantly alter anti-drug policies. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Jarecki's film makes a shattering case against the War on Drugs. show more

  • 88
    Lawrence Toppman Charlotte Observer

    I've heard that one definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. By that standard, the U.S. "War on Drugs" seems crazy indeed in The House I Live In. show more

  • 75
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    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 it. show more

  • 75
    Farran Smith Nehme New York Post

    The evidence Jarecki amasses against the drug wars in The House I Live In is more than strong enough to withstand any excess rhetorical zeal. show more

  • 75
    Washington Post

    Technically, The House I Live In isn't season six of "The Wire." But Eugene Jarecki's investigative documentary probing our nation's futile war on drugs is so similar in tone and intent to HBO's acclaimed series that fans of the defunct television program will want to take a look. show more

  • 75
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    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 are different from your own. We're going to need everyone to help get us out of this mess. show more

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