The Keys to the House
The Keys to the House (2004)

A man makes friends with his teenaged son for the first time in this emotional drama from Italy. Gianni (Kim Rossi Stuart) fathered a child with his wife, but she died in childbirth, and the baby was born with severe physical and mental… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: January 1, 2004
DVD Release Date: June 28, 2005
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Critic Score: 80% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Favoring subtlety over cheap sentimentality, The Keys to the House is emotionally honest, compassionate, and a genuine tear-jerker.

Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

Amelio, one of the true modern heirs of the great Italian neo-realist tradition, is a filmmaker of great subtlety, emotional precision and socio-psychological acumen.

Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

It takes a story that could be turned into the most florid kind of tear-jerker and instead tells it with an exactness and a restraint that makes it powerfully effective.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Tough and sensible film, whose heart is in the right place.

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Deborah Young

Radiates a warm humanity and uplifts the spirit.

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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

Both Rossi and Charlotte Rampling, as the mother of another young patient, do fine work. But the only surprises come at the end, too late to move us the way they should.

Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses

full review in Greek

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

Amelio deals with the sensitive subject in a mature matter, refusing to descend into Hollywood-style schmaltz.

Manohla Dargis
New York Times

The kind of quietly unassuming tear-jerker that works its way into your heart despite the occasional cries of protest emanating from your head.

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Gloria Monti

Takes on the challenge of overcoming the obstacles entailed in working with a handicapped actor.

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Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
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I pulled this movie off the shelf of a rental store at random. I don't really know what compelled me to grab it, but I took it home for a little cinematic… More