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The House of the Spirits

HD   R Closed Captioning

Bille August

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About the Movie

Based on Isabel Allende's best-selling novel, The House of the Spirits is a hauntingly romantic epic tale spanning three generations of the Trueba family. At its core is the stormy yet passionate relationship between the supernaturally gifted Clara and her controlling husband Esteban, who resists change both politically and personally.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 35
  • Fresh: 11
  • Rotten: 24
  • Average Rating: 4.8/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: August's earnest International Motion Picture Adaptation remains all too tethered to earth, weighted down by a surfeit of good intentions. – Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly, May 20, 2013

Rotten: It's always painful when a brilliant book becomes a bust of a movie. – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, May 20, 2013

Rotten: Just as the characters' motivations are mostly crude rather than complex, and the view of class politics superficial and romantic rather than acute or intelligent, so is the film's treatment of the novel's magical realism on the mundane side. – Todd McCarthy, Variety, May 20, 2013

Rotten: Inert from its opening moments to its too-long-delayed close, this lackluster production is an example of international filmmaking at its least attractive, and a misstep in the careers of pretty much everyone involved. – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, May 20, 2013

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Customer Reviews

Bad copy of the book

The orignal book by Isabel Allende got a very poor adaptation in this movie. The script basically follows the initial story making it long and quite boring to follow. Stellar actors couldn´t save it.

Love it!

One of the best movies I have ever seen! Brilliant work from the actors and is an extremely accurate representation of the book.

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