Life as a House
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Kevin Kline stars as George, a down-on-his-luck architect in this tearjerker from Irwin Winkler (At First Sight, Guilty By Suspicion). A disdainful local character who draws disapproval from the community, particularly his neighbor played by Mary Steenburgen, George sets out to change his life after suddenly losing his longtime job and discovering he's terminally ill (he has cancer). Attempting to reconnect with his estranged and troubled son, Sam (Hayden Christiansen), George endeavors to spend the summer they have together building his dream home by the sea. The laborious process leads… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 47%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Gauged strictly by the gag-factor, a more honest title might be Life as a Basement Apartment with Bad Light and a Dank Smell."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"There's a prefab construction to Life as a House that prevents it from acquiring the emotional solidness it needs to stand out."
‑ Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press
"Remember the movie Terms of Endearment, about a mother-daughter relationship, a terminal illness and a message about not taking people for granted?"
‑ Judith Egerton, Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
"...the people who assembled Life as a House imagined it as a kind of American Beauty for the slightly more-literal-minded, for those who hated or felt baffled that film will likely like and apprehend this one."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"Llorarán y sin embargo saldrán de la sala con una sonrisa de esperanza y los deseos de construir su propia casa-existencia, ajustada a sus propios y más íntimos anhelos."
‑ Luis Martinez, Cinenganos
"The movie gets us to feel about the characters, their relationships, and their circumstances, and that goes a long way towards allowing us to forgive the screenplays' occasional mis-steps and wrong turns."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"This father-son melodrama is well acted, but it's too solemn and too concerned with being inspirational"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Thank goodness there are actors capable of delivering performances better than the scripts they're given. Too bad there aren't more of them in this movie."
‑ John R. McEwen, Film Quips Online
"A blatant tearjerker with the kind of shady characterization and plot development that give the genre a bad reputation."
‑ Mark Dujsik, Mark Reviews Movies
"Retrato de la importancia de las relaciones humanas y el dolor que estas conllevan."
‑ Jorge Avila Andrade, Moviola
"Life as a House reaches easily past all your intellectual and emotional barriers, back into that spot behind your heart, where the levers that release tears are stored."
‑ Eli Sanders, Seattle Times
"Uneven but moving story of reconcilliation."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Life as a House is no cinematic masterpiece but it stays with you."
‑ Josh Gilchrist, Billings Outpost (Montana)
"Even the most perplexing problems are wrapped up neatly before the conclusion. In this "House," nobody goes home lonely: Even the local pimp gets some good, good lovin' before the final curtain."
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"Achieves an intimacy rarely seen in a star-laden Hollywood drama."
‑ Chuck Rudolph, Matinee Magazine
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