Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. 80
    Smith delights in these offbeat personalities and their jerry-rigged accoutrements, but the real joy in the film comes from the happy interaction between the subjects and their creations.
  2. 80
    Thoroughly entertaining Home Movie carries on a grand tradition of American documentary -- seeking out the eccentrics and contrarians among us.
  3. Reviewed by: J. R. Jones
    Chris Smith, codirector of the indie sleeper "American Movie," dreamed up this funny one-hour documentary, about five freaky homes and the people who live in them.
  4. 78
    Smith's film is a celebration of quirkiness, eccentricity, and certain individuals' tendency to let it all hang out, and damn the consequences.
  5. 75
    The five subjects of Home Movie at least know exactly why they live where they do and as they do, and they do not require our permission or approval.
  6. 75
    In true Chris Smith fashion, he seems far less interested in the homes themselves than in the touching relationship between homeowner and abode.
  7. If one's domestic environment is a kind of autobiography, then the five households visited by this entertaining documentary reveal fascinating lives indeed.
  8. 75
    Suffice it to say that Chris Smith's Home Movie is the most bananas episode of ''Cribs'' ever. The film is Smith's ballad of the wacky homeowner.
  9. Smith profiles five extraordinary American homes, and because the owners seem fully aware of the uses and abuses of fame, it's a pleasure to enjoy their eccentricities.
  10. 70
    At 60 minutes, the film never stops feeling like a guided tour, while we're wishing it was a sleepover.
  11. There is something reassuring in seeing free-thinking individuals express their personalities so emphatically yet invitingly in the places they live.
  12. 63
    A documentary mosaic of kooky Americana.
  13. 60
    The film is slight but sweetly inquisitive, and its participants are endlessly fascinating.
  14. There's a lot of bad hair and incoherent, drug-addled remarks, but inside a minute we get the joke, and it isn't much.

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