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The House I Live In

HD   NR Closed Captioning

Eugene Jarecki

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About the Movie

For over 40 years, the War on Drugs has accounted for 45 million arrests, cost over $1 Trillion, has made America the world's largest jailer and damaged poor communities at home and abroad. Yet, drugs are cheaper, purer and more available today than ever. Where did we go wrong and what is the path toward healing? Brought to you by award-winning filmmaker Eugene Jarecki and executive producers Brad Pitt, John Legend, Russell Simmons and Danny Glover, The House I Live In examines the effects of drug laws on everyone from the dealer and the grieving mother to the jailer and the federal judge inside America’s longest war. A FilmBuff Presentation.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 62
  • Fresh: 58
  • Rotten: 4
  • Average Rating: 8.0/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: A model of the ambitious, vitalizing activist work that exists to stir the sleeping to wake. – Manohla Dargis, New York Times, Oct 4, 2012

Fresh: It's a film as profoundly sad as it is enraging and potentially galvanizing, and it's one of the most important pieces of nonfiction to hit the screen in years. – Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times, Oct 11, 2012

Fresh: Jarecki's documentary assembles [its arguments] deftly, with much help from former crime reporter David Simon, who left the Baltimore Sun to become the auteur of such mean-streets TV dramas as The Wire. – Mark Jenkins, NPR, Oct 4, 2012

Fresh: Jarecki takes a highly original approach to create a compelling, thought-provoking look at a highly relevant and controversial topic. – G. Allen Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle, Oct 18, 2012

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Customer Reviews


Come on,give us movies we like to watch and not what you think we should watch. Those who want to watch documentaries about the ill affects of unfair drug laws or master sushi makers will pay premium prices for them. Us grunts want to be entertain by mindless comedies or horror movie on our way to work in the metro or waiting for the bus. Save the .99 cents specials for the unwashed masses!

The House I Live In

Jarecki has masterfully brought all aspects of the broken criminal justice system together and the reality of where we find ourselves as a nation -- the longest war on our people -- and made it his own. His personal story with Nanny is powerful. The lawmakers and special interests have created a people "shredding-machine" that is shameful. The people have to speak up and clean up decades of damage done to the America we all once knew. Stop the "slow-Holocaust"!

This Mountain Viruses That Mountain

The documentary perfectly describes the problems of the United States of America government and the American people have with identifying the root cause of our social and economic problems. In an analogy: when does this mountain become that mountain?

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