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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. It's an interesting conceit that quickly becomes a precious annoyance especially since the drama itself is so static.
  3. 63
    Ultimately has a somewhat unfinished quality that complements the movie's themes -- and Hall's haunting performance.
  4. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    Unfortunately demonstrates the same fractured attention span that makes those Oscar-night montages so entertaining.
  5. 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.
  6. 40
    The energy of Workman's editing and the innate value of seeing the creative process play out makes House watchable.
  7. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    Pic's air of connoisseurist homage overwhelms a haphazard screenplay and characters who are hard to warm up to.

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