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  • 50
    Edward Guthmann San Francisco Chronicle

    Stylized dialogue tends to play awkwardly onscreen -- we're conditioned to naturalistic conversation in films -- and Waters, who makes his feature directing debut with The House of Yes, fails to create an emotional tone or attitude to match the characters' goofy repartee. show more

  • 38
    Susan Wloszczyna USA Today

    With its Rocky Horror meets Camelot aura, this little black movie reeks of self-satisfied smugness and pretentious perversity as only a Sundance Festival favorite can -- especially one that squanders the considerable quirky charms of indie-film darling Parker Posey. [10Oct1997 pg 04.D] show more

  • 75
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    The House of Yes is what happens when a film takes the dysfunctional family melodrama to its farthest reaches. It's a bold, gutsy movie that's definitely not for everyone. show more

  • 75
    Liam Lacey The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    But it is bright, smart, sometimes wickedly funny, and crisply performed to the point where the acting seems richer than the script. show more

  • 63
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    When the film was over I was not particularly pleased that I had seen it; it was mostly behavior and contrivance. While it was running, I was not bored. show more

  • 50
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    Written and directed by Mark Waters, who strives for David Mamet-style punchiness but doesn't develop the quirky momentum that would carry the deliberately out-of-kilter story past its implausibilities. show more

  • 60
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    For all its talk about sex, incest, insanity and the gory details of the Kennedy assassination, Mark Waters' adaptation of Wendy MacLeod's play doesn't really amount to much more than a lurid, thoroughly enjoyable little pot-boiler. show more

  • 40
    Marc Savlov Austin Chronicle

    Staged and stagy, this adaptation of Wendy MacLeod's play about family dysfunction and the "anti-Camelot" is a muddled, middling mess, despite a witty, top-drawer performance from Posey and a surprisingly comic turn from Spelling. show more

  • 75
    Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly

    The House of Yes is knowingly overripe, a kitsch melodrama that dares to make incest sexy. show more

  • 70
    John Anderson Los Angeles Times

    In addition to its terrifically bratty performance by the epically bratty Posey, House of Yes contains some of the smarter (and smarter-assed) writing of the year. show more

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