Home Room
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American independent filmmaker Paul F. Ryan makes his feature debut with the psychological drama Home Room. The students of Valley High School try to get on with their lives in the aftermath of a traumatic school shooting in which nine students were killed. Even though the perpetrator is dead, the townspeople still want to find some answers. Detective Martin Van Zandt (Victor Garber) decides to interrogate high school student Alicia Browning (Busy Philipps), who was present during the attack. Because of her cynical attitude and dark fashion choices, she is viewed as a possible threat.… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 55%

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"Weighted by good intentions, Ryan turns a potentially riveting story of two lost souls shaken by trauma into a sappy teen drama."
‑ Erika Gonzalez, Denver Rocky Mountain News
"Overall, it plays like the world's longest -- over two hours -- after-school special."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"Though the film is overlong (it runs over two hours), it's never boring - mainly due to a pair of fantastic lead performances."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Dismal but not disheartening, this tale of picking up the pieces is as cutting as those pieces can be and as satisfying as cleaning up the mess."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"Ryan's tough-minded little movie avoids any sort of sentimentality; nothing warm and fuzzy here, just honest emotions from two excellent young actresses."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Alicia and Deanna's journey toward friendship, or at least a truer understanding, is moving."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"Too often crosses the line between good melodrama and rank cliché."
‑ Jack Mathews, New York Daily News
"The relationship that Deanna and Alicia forge is fascinating...as it allows for a genuine search for truth instead of something that is forced or contrived."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Movie Views
"Its noble intentions are undermined by syrupy, movie-of- the-week direction."
‑ Justin Hartung, Citysearch
"Not only awful but also possessed of the potential for being truly offensive to the victims of the atrocities off which it pings."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"In the midst of this didactic, self-conscious movie about a high school shooting comes an extraordinary and intense performance by a young actress named Busy Philipps, which elevates the whole picture."
‑ Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter
"At 133 minutes, Home Room is sluggishly paced and refuses to lighten up for even a second."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"Thanks to Philipps's explosive need and Christensen's struggling vulnerability, we see the human costs inherent in tragedy once the TV trucks have left and only the haunting remains."
‑ Bill Gallo, New Times
"A powerful movie that loses some of its momentum by touching on too many stories. It's not always easy to watch, but it's thought provoking."
‑ Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone, TheMovieChicks.com
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