His son's 13th birthday prompts an artist to revisit his own adolescence in New York's Greenwich Village.
" Duchovny displays a firm sense of time and place and genuine affection for all his characters, offering up plenty of amusing running gags and, most courageously, unabashed emotion. "
" A little more literary than lifelike, House of D is a story that feels too pat, and too perfect, for its own good. "
" A sweet but inept coming-of-age tale. "
" As soon as Williams enters, simpering, this is a character that we wish would die a horrid death, or at least disappear. That's a problem Duchovny can't overcome. "
" Because dark secrets always summon flashbacks, the telling of Tom's plunges us back to Greenwich Village, circa 1973. Sideburns sprout, classic rock proliferates and lapels run amok. Then the horror really begins. "
" Despite a weak foundation built with coming-of-age cliches, House of D almost works as a melancholy look back. "
" Duchovny delivers a clearly heartfelt but terminally mawkish and awkward directorial debut. "
" Goes from bad to unbearable in a single scene. "
" House of D dawdles along as the sort of 1970s-inflicted coming of age reminiscence that feels like the unprocessed ramblings of its creator. "
" House of D is the kind of movie that particularly makes me cringe, because it has such a shameless desire to please. "
" In need of a tighter narrative and, more importantly, a raison d'etre. "
" It's a fable that's too fabulous by half. "
" Less successful with these sentimentally embroidered holy fools and fairy-tale damsels than with its nicely drawn relationship between Tommy and Melissa. "
" The film never sidesteps the puddles of self-indulgence that soil many feature-length directorial debuts, particularly those of an autobiographical nature. "
" The kind of personal film that fails in a way that makes your teeth ache. It's obviously a labor of love on the part of its first-time writer-director, but as a coming-of-age memoir it lacks charm, originality and taste. "
" The movie never gels. It lies there, flat and unconvincing, with little spurts of florid melodrama. "
" The year is young -- there is a movie featuring Paris Hilton due soon -- but it's hard to imagine anything in 2005 being more excruciating to endure. "
" What should be a 10-minute anecdote turns into a sluggish and overly sentimental tale that won't hold the interest of anyone outside Duchovny's immediate family. "
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