Two Family House
Two Family House (2000)

In 1956, factory worker and frustrated singer Buddy Visalo, who realizes his dream to buy a two family house in Staten Island for himself and his wife Estelle and convert the ground floor into a neighborhood bar where he can perform,… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: October 6, 2000
DVD Release Date: May 29, 2001
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks

Unfortunately, the look, pace, and structure of the film stop feeling elegantly restrained and pass into something like boilerplate mediocrity.

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Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine

Michael Rispoli is so perfect in each and every scene that you can't even imagine him playing any other parts, much less somebody else playing his.

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Peter Henne
Film Journal International

For once, an American urban movie skips the flag-waving etiquette of ethnic reconciliation.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

Low key yet utterly charming...

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Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews

Full of honest moments, even if always told with a comedic flair, the film feels like a blend of a true story and a fairy tale.

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Arthur Lazere

sneaks up on you in the nicest ways

Christopher Null

It all comes off like a bad episode of The King of Queens, just moved to a different borough.

Elias Savada
Nitrate Online

A world-class winner [about] a perpetual dreamer stepping up to the plate in a poignant grand slam story of ambitions lost & gained among ethnic outcasts of 1956 Staten Island

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

This flinty and inspiring drama salutes the efforts of an ordinary, working-class man to follow his bliss.

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Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
Jim Hunter
A Staten Island tough buys a house that he wants to turn into a bar, but first he must contend with the Irish immigrant residents. This film begins slowly. For… More
Lanning : )
Kelly MacDonald and Michael Rispoli are wonderful together in this. I'm not big on adultery, but this is a unique love story that I enjoy every time I see… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]In "Two Family House," Buddy Visalo(Michael Rispoli, who is excellent) has a chance to audition for Arthur Godfrey but is… More