Housekeeping for Beginners

critic Reviews

, 92% Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • Applying a fresh coat of paint on a chosen family story, Housekeeping for Beginners makes for a cozy, uplifting watch.
  • , Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Johanna SchnellerGlobe and Mail
    In lesser hands, this chaos might tumble into melodrama or farce. But Stolevski’s actors deliver such naturalistic performances, and he writes such specific dialogue...
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    Amy NicholsonWashington Post
    By the end, we’ve soaked up something of modern Macedonia and had our own cultural standards put to the rack.
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    Randy MyersSan Jose Mercury News
    Stolevski creates a wonderful group of flawed but understandable characters and then illustrates just how brave they are as they pull together to negotiate and overcome treacherous encounters.
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  • , Rotten Tomatometer Score
    G. Allen JohnsonSan Francisco Chronicle
    Stolevski obviously wants us to sympathize with these wounded characters who have been shunted aside by a cruel society, but that’s hard to do when they are so verbally cannibalistic.
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    Katie WalshTribune News Service
    Within “Housekeeping’s” restless, naturalistic aesthetic, Stolevski crafts complex and poignant images, contrasting the playacting the couple is forced to do with their searing gazes.
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  • , Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Drew GregoryAutostraddle
    Housekeeping for Beginners dabbles in some common tropes: unlikely chosen families, a non-parent being forced to adjust to parenthood, and even a “white savior." But the film is successful because of the ways it complicates them.
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    Manuel BetancourtFilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
    A gorgeously messy and humane portrait of a found family.
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    Rachel Wagnerrachelsreviews.net
    It’s well done but lays on the trauma narrative pretty thickly.
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    Joshua PolanskiIn Review Online
    Housekeeping for Beginners carries forward a notably subversive, queer gestalt.
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    Sarah VincentSarah G Vincent Views
    “Housekeeping for Beginners” unfolds in a very organic way. There are no random prose dumps to explain characters’ backstories or provide broader context. You will have to deduce what is happening from the way people interact.
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