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6.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 1 out of 4
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  1. ChadS.
    Jun 23, 2003
    7
    Bryan Adams? He's fine here. That damn song from "Don Juan DeMarco" works beautifully on Janna's dream train. Pauline Kael notwithstanding, Selma had better taste, though. The Sound of Canada pulsating through the dreary mental institute could've been ludicrous, but it's not. Janna's shrine and affinity for the man who scored the horses justifies his participation Bryan Adams? He's fine here. That damn song from "Don Juan DeMarco" works beautifully on Janna's dream train. Pauline Kael notwithstanding, Selma had better taste, though. The Sound of Canada pulsating through the dreary mental institute could've been ludicrous, but it's not. Janna's shrine and affinity for the man who scored the horses justifies his participation in this sometimes effective film. "House of Fools" works marvelously when we see insane people commingle with an insane act. What's less successful is the filmmaker's overambition to document the soldiers' traumas as well. It's not about them. You become aware of the film's running time when the attending physician returns to the madhouse. The interview he has with a shell-shocked soldier is inexplicable. Afraid that Adams' prescence might make the whole enterprise seem lightweight, Konchalovsky reminds us that he's making a serious movie. We've seen soldier angst before. But Janna, armed with her technicolor accordion saves the day. Julia Vysotsky is more of an actress than eye-candy. "House of Fools" also manages to recall "Moulin Rouge". Ali, the poet, could be the Ewan McGregor character. If the film stayed tight with its crazy people, "House of Fools" could've been a great movie, rather than a flawed, but worthy one. Expand
  2. FrancoisL.
    May 28, 2003
    10
    Wonderful movie! One of the Best!
Metascore
52

Mixed or average reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 23
  2. Negative: 5 out of 23
  1. Something less than a gem. It has a brilliant lead performance from Yuliya Vysotskaya as Janna.
  2. Reviewed by: Deborah Young
    60
    Has the comically grotesque appeal of a Fellini film and could reach out to auds in specialized release. It lacks the originality and invention to go much beyond that.
  3. 80
    Powerful war satire.