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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


This movie isn't about how the demonic white race has destroyed the black race, it is a true story about how the demonic white race has destroyed humanity(all race of people) due to their hatred and their lust to control the world.

Great movie of the week choice

Informative and thought provoking. This documentary sheds light into a world that many people totally ignore and misjudge. Viewing this documentary lead to some soul searching and to roundtable discussions with others that I encouraged to view the movie.

Every American should watch this.

I saw this a few months back and it's extremely moving. Everything they say is accurate. This documentary makes you truly stop and think, "yeah, this could be me." It's like you're living it, when you watch. After you watch this, you WILL think about this huge problem we really do have. Think about what they say if we didn't have inmates or if we had like 75% less and then what about all those jobs; what would happen? Like they say in this documentary, we have inmates for a reason. It is VERY SAD and Messed up. WATCH THIS AT LEAST ONCE (don't judge it) I promise you won't regret it.

The House I Live In
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