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House of Sand and Fog Review

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

  • 4.0

    out of 100

    Generally favorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 100

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    It stands with integrity and breaks our hearts.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Though the film is somber, it certainly commands one's attention, and for a while one's respect.

  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Sheri Linden

    The carefully laid foundation of suspense and dread, with its symmetries and crisp dialogue, is squandered in a clumsy pileup of credulity-stretching cataclysmic events.

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  • 83

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Just because a scenario turns dark doesn't mean that it's convincing. House of Sand and Fog is artful until it lunges for Art.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    The clash over the house quickly escalates into a modern-day tragedy. It is a fascinating film, handsomely adapted from the book and well directed.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 16+

Serious and thoughtful; for mature teens+.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has extreme, graphic, and tragic violence including murder, attempted and successful suicides, domestic abuse, and an accidental shooting. There are explicit sexual references and situations, including adultery and nudity. Characters drink and smoke, including an alcoholic character who ends a period of sobriety. Characters use very strong language and there are many harsh and painful confrontations.

  • Families can talk about why it was so hard for Kathy and the Colonel to come to some kind of compromise.

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Extreme and graphic violence, murder, suicide, accidental shooting. Many harsh and painful confrontations.

  • sex false5

    Sex: Explicit sexual references and situations, nudity, adultery.

  • language false5

    Language: Very strong language.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Drinking and smoking, character is an alcoholic.