House of D
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Actor David Duchovny made his debut as a director and screenwriter with this coming-of-age drama, in which a grown man looks back at his adolescence. It's 1973, and Tommy (Anton Yelchin) is a 13-year-old boy living in New York's Greenwich Village with his mother (Téa Leoni), who is still coming to terms with the death of her husband. Tommy's best friend is Pappass (Robin Williams), a mentally challenged man who is in his thirties, but is at the same emotional age as Tommy; Pappass delivers meat for a local butcher, and Tommy helps him out. Tommy has discovered women, and has a… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 10%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's a fable that's too fabulous by half."
‑ Nelson Pressley, Washington Post
"A sweet but inept coming-of-age tale."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Off-putting drama of growing up male in the 1970s."
‑ Charles Cassady, Common Sense Media
"House of D is a delightful coming of age drama/comedy that deals with weighty matters of the soul."
‑ Stefan Ulstein, Christianity Today
"David Duchovny's first stab at writing and directing takes him to a place close to his heart - the New York of his youth."
‑ Jordan Hiller,
"Because dark secrets always summon flashbacks, the telling of Tom's plunges us back to Greenwich Village, circa 1973. Sideburns sprout, classic rock proliferates and lapels run amok. Then the horror really begins."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"Duchovny displays a firm sense of time and place and genuine affection for all his characters, offering up plenty of amusing running gags and, most courageously, unabashed emotion."
‑ Connie Ogle, Miami Herald
"Nothing wrong with working out borderline incestuous fixation issues. But a film still has to be more than your very own shrink, and reach out to the audience and rise above psychodrama interplay more suited to the therapist couch."
‑ Prairie Miller, Long Island Press
"Not only does Robin Williams play a retarded man with fake teeth, but he also gets to wear old-age makeup. It's the schmaltz trifecta!"
‑ Eric D. Snider,
"Maybe not a "D," but this coming-of-age yarn from writer-director-actor David Duchovny certainly rates no better than a "C.""
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"The kind of personal film that fails in a way that makes your teeth ache. It's obviously a labor of love on the part of its first-time writer-director, but as a coming-of-age memoir it lacks charm, originality and taste."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"In need of a tighter narrative and, more importantly, a raison d'être."
‑ Jennie Punter, Globe and Mail
"While his script is good, even poetic at times, it certainly cannot be called an outstanding effort."
‑ Shirley Sealy, Film Journal International
"... In this house, "D" is for dull."
‑ Greg Maki, Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
"Were it not for the cast attached to this project, I doubt it would ever see the inside of a movie-house."
‑ Thomas Delapa, Boulder Weekly
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