The House I Live In
The House I Live In (2012)

Why We Fight director Eugene Jarecki shifts his focus from the military industrial complex to the War on Drugs in this documentary exploring the risks that prohibition poses to freedom, and the tragedy of addicts being treated as criminals.… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 5, 2012
DVD Release Date: July 2, 2013
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Claude Peck
Minneapolis Star Tribune

The movie's indictment would be more persuasive had Jarecki recognized that his audience likely already knows most of what he recaps, and can handle the odd scrap of ambiguity.

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

The House I Live In is a work of journalism, not propaganda: Jarecki has done his research and leaves it to you to decide what to make of it.

Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal

Americans have long celebrated justice and freedom, but director Eugene Jarecki's The House I Live In forces viewers to look closely at political policies that have turned the nation into the No. 1 jailer in the world.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

"The House I Live In" leaves you shaking your head in deadened wonder at the waste of it all.

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

If [it] takes a while to focus, it eventually becomes the conversation starter the subject desperately needs.

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MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

Whatever your politics, you will find things to astonish and flabbergast and enrage you in what is perhaps the most cool-headed examination of America's relationship to illegal drugs ever.

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Dave Calhoun
Time Out

Tells a complex story with troubling ease.

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G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle

Jarecki takes a highly original approach to create a compelling, thought-provoking look at a highly relevant and controversial topic.

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T'Cha Dunlevy
Montreal Gazette

Somehow, Jarecki pulls it off, circling his subject and revisiting key themes as he constructs the convincing argument that, while the drug war may affect only a certain segment of the population, it's everyone's problem.

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Documentary examining some of the absurdities of the War on Drugs---like mandatory minimum sentences, the crack/cocaine sentencing disparity, and asset… More
Jason Cenzano
The House I Live In is an uncreative, loooooooong winded, redundant documentary that isn't going to tell you anything you don't already know. There… More
Walter M.
Recently, Michael Moore, in his self-appointed role as commissioner of documentaries, gave a list of guidelines that documentary filmmakers should follow. One… More
Daniel Parsons
A documentary that looks at the "legacy" of the US's War On Drugs. It's undeniably fascinating subject matter but its filmed in a rather… More