Life as a House
Life as a House (2001)

George Monroe has had a lifelong ambition to achieve one of the great American Dreams: to build his own home, a refuge set on a cliff at the end of the sea. But it's a dream that George has put off again and again while he's sunk… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: October 26, 2001
DVD Release Date: March 26, 2002
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Critic Score: 47% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A manipulative tearjerker, Life as a House benefits from fine performances from the cast.

Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

Gauged strictly by the gag-factor, a more honest title might be Life as a Basement Apartment with Bad Light and a Dank Smell.

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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press

There's a prefab construction to Life as a House that prevents it from acquiring the emotional solidness it needs to stand out.

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Emanuel Levy

This father-son melodrama is well acted, but it's too solemn and too concerned with being inspirational

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James Berardinelli

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.

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Steven Rosen
Denver Post

House may suffer from excessive and unnecessary ornamentation, but its foundation -- Kline's performance -- is solid and strong.

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Uneven but moving story of reconcilliation.

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Eli Sanders
Seattle Times

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.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

Kline never lets the soap-opera implications get the better of him.

Judith Egerton
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)

Remember the movie Terms of Endearment, about a mother-daughter relationship, a terminal illness and a message about not taking people for granted?

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Flixster Audience Score: 88% Flixster User Reviews
Coxxie Mild Sauce
Everytime aging Kevin Kline glooms over the welcoming sea and remembers when his wife loved him and holding his toddler son in the sand, laughing and crying,… More
danny d
strange but compelling at times
Cynthia S.
I am a big fan of Kevin Kline, and I think that this is one of his best movies. Very moving, and very well done. Great for anyone who likes a good drama.
Nicki Marie
I am truly surprised this has rated as well as it has. I really found this quite second rate. Hayden Christensen in particular is truly awful. His bratty… More
Red Lats
George is having a bad year. Divorced, alone, estranged from his loser son, behind the times, he has no motivation. Then in the same day he gets fired and… More
Nani Vang
Holy crap, great movie.