Home Room
Home Room (2003)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: September 5, 2003
DVD Release Date: October 14, 2003
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Critic Score: 55% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Erika Gonzalez
Denver Rocky Mountain News

Weighted by good intentions, Ryan turns a potentially riveting story of two lost souls shaken by trauma into a sappy teen drama.

Lou Lumenick
New York Post

Overall, it plays like the world's longest -- over two hours -- after-school special.

David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

Though the film is overlong (it runs over two hours), it's never boring - mainly due to a pair of fantastic lead performances.

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

Alicia and Deanna's journey toward friendship, or at least a truer understanding, is moving.

Jack Mathews
New York Daily News

Too often crosses the line between good melodrama and rank cliché.

Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views

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.

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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter

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.

Stephen Holden
New York Times

At 133 minutes, Home Room is sluggishly paced and refuses to lighten up for even a second.

Bill Gallo
New 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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 78% Flixster User Reviews
familiar stranger
Might have appreciated it better had I not gone in with the assumption that it's about the school shooting (and what leads to it; a la "Klass")… More
Erika Christensen, Busy Philipps, James Pickens Jr., Victor Garber, Ken Jenkins A small town is rocked by a shooting at its high school that results in nine… More
Cynthia S.
Where was I when this one came out? This film is a jewel. It opens as a shooting at an American high school has just ended. One girl witnessed the whole thing.… More
Cassandra Maples
Home Room deals with a Columbine-like high-school shooting but rather than hashing over the occurrence itself the film portrays the aftermath and what happened… More
Leigh Ryan
Very offbeat. No real opinion on it, except I did manage to get through it all and I don't hate it. It was... alright.
Laurence Collin
Reasonably developping its characters but ultimately rather thin in purpose, Home Room is a convincing but sluggish drama in which fundamentally opposite… More