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  • Summary: A once-successful architect (Philip Baker Hall) has become a grumpy loner, but a young couple plead with him to come out of retirement to rebuild his crumbling old house for them. (Calliope Films)
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Content and style dovetail superbly in this offbeat drama, where images continually change in size and shape, evoking the story's message that human experience is always a pathway, not a destination.
  2. 63
    Ultimately has a somewhat unfinished quality that complements the movie's themes -- and Hall's haunting performance.
  3. It's an interesting conceit that quickly becomes a precious annoyance especially since the drama itself is so static.
  4. Squint through the humbug, and there's some genuine life going on.
  5. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    Pic's air of connoisseurist homage overwhelms a haphazard screenplay and characters who are hard to warm up to.
  6. 40
    The film is full of artists who seem to be straddling the line between compromise and conviction. There is much straddling in A House on a Hill, and not enough engagement.
  7. 40
    The energy of Workman's editing and the innate value of seeing the creative process play out makes House watchable.

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