Two Family House


Generally favorable reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28

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  1. It's the kind of small but amazing character study (think ``Marty'') that film lovers yearn for while griping that this type of picture no longer gets made. Turns out it does.
  2. 100
    Well-acted, lovingly put together and heartbreakingly honest.
  3. The charm and art of De Felitta's gentle domestic sketch expand far beyond biographical borders.
  4. Reviewed by: Ernest Hardy
    An unassuming little film that packs a huge emotional and artistic punch.
  5. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    Beat by beat, scene by scene, times emotionally devastating.
  6. 90
    A fairy tale that presents love as a case of mutual enchantment, Two Family House is not only uniformly well acted, superbly designed, lovingly lit, and sensitively scored, it's as romantic as it is funny.
  7. It's all about the little things, and the way in which the little things can steal into your heart in big ways.
  8. 88
    A touching and effective film.
  9. In the face of intolerance, Two Family House lovingly celebrates the triumph of love and acceptance over prejudice.
  10. Rolling Stone
    Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Writer-director Raymond De Felitta creates something wonderfully funny and touching.
  11. 80
    The epitome of the small, character-driven film that the indie movement was supposed to champion before it became a hip mirror of the Hollywood star system.
  12. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    For all the pic’s sentimentality, De Felitta refuses to back away from some unpleasantly realistic touches.
  13. 80
    A sentimental slice of 1950s Italian-American life that doesn't soft-pedal its characters' simmering prejudices within their insulated community, or pander to their dreams of getting out.
  14. 80
    Tenderhearted Staten Island Christmas comedy.
  15. The story, which deals straightforwardly with racism, miscegenation, adultery and consumerism, is a fascinating combination: a movie with an almost Capraesque heart and pristine, almost stagey lighting schemes, that addresses uncomfortable moral issues with today's perspectives.
  16. A film of rare, delicate sensibility.
  17. A gentle, soulful comedy about everyday dreams and what it takes to make them come true.
  18. 75
    A tender and affirmative movie, if never a transporting one.
  19. De Felitta has taken potentially overripe material and given it real heart.
  20. Brimming over with affection and humanity, this memory drama about the destruction of one family and the birth of another is nostalgic in a good sense: funny, bittersweet, poignant.
  21. A charming, (mostly) briskly unsentimental love story, written, directed and acted with remarkable assurance.
  22. De Felitta dodges the temptations of sentiment and preachiness.
  23. 70
    Writer-director Raymond De Felitta has crafted a pleasant, low-key script that's full of small surprises, nice turns, and engaging, naturalistic dialogue, and he keeps the big, emotional family scenes, which often render this sort of material cliched and hackneyed, to a minimum.
  24. Sweet-natured but overdone, over-long film.
  25. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    Worth staying with for the respect it pays to its characters' emotions.
  26. The sappy trappings that director Raymond De Felitta piles onto the burgeoning romance story line kills any spark that remains, despite the best efforts of the cast to keep it real.
  27. Bighearted and wistful, but with no fresh spin or anything new to say.

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  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
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  1. [Anonymous]
    Sep 24, 2005
    Very appealing flick.