Metascore
59

Mixed or average reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 34
  2. Negative: 1 out of 34
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  1. 88
    Colin Farrell is astonishing in the movie.
  2. 75
    How many movies these days leave you wanting more? The funny and heartfelt Home is a small treasure.
  3. 38
    Well-meaning yawn-fest.
  4. Most of the movie feels like Farrell's performance: deeply sincere, and more showy than convincing.
  5. The picture is also the story of one character in particular, Bobby, and when it comes to Bobby, A Home at the End of the World is sappy and bogus.
  6. Cunningham's depth of feeling transformed the book's premise into something beyond sniggers or camp, and the best moments in the movie, which was directed by theater veteran Michael Mayer in his film debut and adapted by Cunningham, have a similar emotional charge.
  7. At its best, A Home at the End of the World has great emotional strength. But it's not the towering achievement it might have been if Cunningham had stayed truer to his original inspiration.
  8. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    75
    The movie is really a lovely ensemble piece. Beautifully conceived and written by Michael Cunningham (Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Hours), the film has a distinctly novelistic and literate style.
  9. 75
    Bobby marks a turning point for Colin Farrell, whose vulgarities and inelegance tend to get the better of his range.
  10. The beautiful Wright Penn has a harder time anchoring the free-spirited Clare in territory that feels honest and true - there's a stagey quality to the actress' performance that goes beyond the stagey quality of her character.
  11. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    50
    A perfect example of how a top-flight cast can compensate for unimaginative filmmaking.
  12. 50
    The themes of A Home at the End of the World are all of the greeting-card variety -- home is where the heart is, family is what we make it, etc. -- and while they've been presented with great warmth and sincerity, they still come off as more than a little banal.
  13. The film's first half is easily the best and brightest. As the movie moves into the more saddening sections, however, it loses most of its power.
  14. 60
    At the movie's end, nuance is all we have left; beyond the admirable efforts of some of the actors, the picture leaves behind nothing so human as a fingerprint.
  15. The cast is good and the story affecting, though at times Michael Mayer's direction makes the production seem a little choked up over its own enlightenment. Sissy Spacek is memorable in a secondary role.
  16. 100
    Charged by a passion for life, A Home at the End of the World is a major achievement.
  17. 70
    Watching Spacek dance around the bedroom, slowly loosening up while Laura Nyro plays, is one of the joys of this cinematic season.
  18. Farrell looks so stymied we feel for the guy -- and when the door closes on A Home at the End of the World, that's the only feeling in town.
  19. In parceling his story into discrete scenes, Mr. Cunningham has turned a delicate novel into a bland and clumsy film. A Home at the End of the World, is so thoroughly decent in its intentions and so tactful in its methods that people are likely to persuade themselves that it's better than it is, which is not very good.
  20. 50
    The result: some intriguing moments, even more intriguing performances, and a film that doesn't quite work.
  21. Farrell has the toughest role, playing a man who doesn't understand the powerful crosscurrents of his own emotions, the love, guilt and loyalty that become opposing forces and begin to destroy the relationships he covets.
  22. 50
    I can't think of another contemporary novel -- unless it be Cunningham's far more ambitious and less successful "The Hours" -- less suited for the journey to film under any direction but that of, say, Russian dreamer Alexander Sokurov.
  23. Three actors play Bobby at different ages, and none of them quite jibe with the other – 16-year-old Bobby seems far savvier than the twenty-something version (who is played by a defanged Colin Farrell).
  24. The actors here are uniformly excellent, and the story has a definite lightweight charm.
  25. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    70
    Packs an irresistible emotional punch.
  26. Cunningham's 1990 novel makes an assured, if not entirely satisfying, transition to the big screen in this terrifically acted exploration of the bonds that transcend traditional notions of family.
  27. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    80
    Driven by soulful performances and by a genuine sense of wonder for the unpredictable permutations of love and family.
  28. There are times when one suspects that this film potentially could be the raunchiest sitcom pilot ever.
  29. There's something essential and emotional missing in this character-driven piece. It's more an admirably performed and observed study -- of a time, place and three very different people -- than it is the heartbreaking and engrossing story it could have been.
  30. Reviewed by: Sara Brady
    75
    Home is a difficult film for its viewer, because none of the leads fall into the comfortable categories of film characters played by movie stars.
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 32 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 14
  2. Negative: 3 out of 14
  1. Jan 3, 2015
    7
    Interesting movie, at most. It makes you wonder how good the book the film is based on actually is (I am about to find out, as soon as I can).Interesting movie, at most. It makes you wonder how good the book the film is based on actually is (I am about to find out, as soon as I can). Colin Farrell's pure, innocent, and open role is beautiful: this is the way the world and the people in it should be! Prejudiction cast aside, for our hearts know better than cold reasoning, at times. Full Review »
  2. Mark
    Feb 16, 2007
    10
    A very touching and moving film. Colin Farrell did an outstanding job; his character, though not unflawed, saw the best in people. There was A very touching and moving film. Colin Farrell did an outstanding job; his character, though not unflawed, saw the best in people. There was an innocence about him. My favorite seen is when Colin's character, Bobby, consoles Jonathan, played by Dallas Roberts, about his "bruise" (scene 21 on disc). Very believable; they have a great connection which started at a young age that some others could only wish they have. Full Review »