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A Home at the End of the World Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0

    out of 100

    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 58

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Most of the movie feels like Farrell's performance: deeply sincere, and more showy than convincing.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Sheri Linden

    Cunningham's 1990 novel makes an assured, if not entirely satisfying, transition to the big screen in this terrifically acted exploration of the bonds that transcend traditional notions of family.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    The movie is really a lovely ensemble piece. Beautifully conceived and written by Michael Cunningham (Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Hours), the film has a distinctly novelistic and literate style.

  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Colin Farrell is astonishing in the movie.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

not for kids

Great acting, but soap opera-ish. Not for kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has extremely mature material. Characters drink, smoke cigarettes and marijuana, and take LSD, including a teenager who gives his young brother LSD and a mother who smokes marijuana with her son. A character is killed in an accident, and other characters die offscreen. Characters use extremely strong language and there are explicit and graphic sexual references and situations, both heterosexual and homosexual. There are tense and sad scenes.

  • Families can talk about how people in this movie have a hard time knowing who they are. Why does Bobby say "we are all beautiful and lonely here?" Claire says, "What if I'm not this unusual?" Jonathan offers to switch places in his family with Bobby. Claire tells Bobby that he doesn't look like himself and might be living someone else's life. What do they need to know to feel "like themselves?" How do we respond to a "big, beautiful, messy world?" Families can compare the families we are born into to the families we create for ourselves.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Character killed in accident, other characters die, sad and tense scenes.

  • sex false5

    Sex: Explicit sexual situations and references, gay and straight.

  • language false5

    Language: Very strong language.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Drugs, cigarettes, and alcohol, including drug use by child and teens.