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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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Critic Reviews

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Most of the movie feels like Farrell's performance: deeply sincere, and more showy than convincing.
  5. 50
    The result: some intriguing moments, even more intriguing performances, and a film that doesn't quite work.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 50
    A perfect example of how a top-flight cast can compensate for unimaginative filmmaking.
  9. 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.
  10. 50
    The end result is a slow (occasionally glacially) paced movie that relies more on soulful facial expressions than dialogue that honestly represents what the characters are feeling.
  11. There are times when one suspects that this film potentially could be the raunchiest sitcom pilot ever.
  12. 50
    The novel's interesting character of Alice, Jonathan's mother, is so cut and drained of complexity that it becomes a polite, blank waste of Sissy Spacek's talent.
  13. 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.
  14. The film equivalent of the blind date described as "really nice." It's neither bad nor good, just sort of earnest and well-meaning.
  15. 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.
  16. 40
    Cunningham's Cliff's Notes adaptation shrinks the character to a monosyllabic man-child with a puppy-dog stare.
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 »