Melissa Pierson
December 10, 1993 AT 05:00 AM EST

House of Cards (movie)

type
Movie
Current Status
On Hiatus
mpaa
PG-13
seasons
1
performer
Tommy Lee Jones, Kathleen Turner, Asha Menina
director
Michael Lessac

We gave it a C-

This story of a girl’s retreat into silent creativity after her father’s death is stingy with scientific explanation but not with the easy manipulations only a sickly child plot can provide. As the heroic psychiatrist, Tommy Lee Jones, normally electrifying, seems slightly doped; the gutsy Kathleen Turner, playing the resourceful mom, is more breathless than usual in House of Cards. The result is film as wood veneer — convincing on the surface, but fake underneath.

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