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Metascore

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100
Chicago Sun-Times
It stands with integrity and breaks our hearts.
88
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.
88
New York Post
A grim, challenging movie that will amply reward audiences willing to go along with its ride into the dark depths of its characters' souls.
88
ReelViews
This is a hard, challenging motion picture. It demands much from the audience, and repays that investment with powerful, engrossing drama that does not offer insulting, facile answers. House of Sand and Fog is gripping and unforgettable, one of the best movies of 2003.
83
Entertainment Weekly
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.
75
Before it runs off course into excess, this brilliantly acted film version of the 1999 novel by Andre Dubus III moves with a stabbing urgency.
75
Philadelphia Inquirer
Remember the name Shohreh Aghdashloo. The heartbreakingly fine Iranian actress is only a subsidiary character in House of Sand and Fog...But she is the soul of this pungent film.
75
New York Daily News
It's a sad, rich story, full of misunderstandings, bad bargains, odd parallels.
70
Wall Street Journal
Though the film is somber, it certainly commands one's attention, and for a while one's respect.
70
The Hollywood Reporter
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.
50
San Francisco Chronicle
There's a dignity about it, and it's only later that we come to realize that this dignity is misplaced, born of a fatal reserve and a lack of complete investment.

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