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The Family Stone (2005)



Average Rating: 5.8/10
Reviews Counted: 152
Fresh: 78 | Rotten: 74

This family holiday dramedy features fine performances but awkward shifts of tone.


Average Rating: 5.9/10
Critic Reviews: 39
Fresh: 21 | Rotten: 18

This family holiday dramedy features fine performances but awkward shifts of tone.



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A man brings his ice-queen girlfriend home for Christmas to meet his eccentric family. Overwhelmed by the hostile reception, the girlfriend begs her sister to join her for emotional support, only to trigger more problems.


Drama, Comedy


May 2, 2006


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All Critics (160) | Top Critics (41) | Fresh (78) | Rotten (74) | DVD (22)

I can't deny the incidental pleasures of watching these talented players giving it their all, even in such a misguided project.

January 5, 2006 Full Review Source: New York Observer
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It's worth two hours for those who appreciate this kind of workmanlike, low-risk drama.

December 17, 2005 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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Some will find it touching, some will be too weary of the plot contrivances and the smug Stone family to care.

December 16, 2005 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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A feel-bad holiday film about a repellent family, with a milquetoast dad and a smug, devious harpy of a mom.

December 16, 2005 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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This is one busy wannabe heart-tugger.

December 16, 2005 Full Review Source: USA Today
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The Family Stone is a lot slyer than you might expect.

December 16, 2005 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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a gob of yuletide Play-Doh

August 17, 2010 Full Review Source: Cinema Writer
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I loved it.

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

The farcical elements are much too loaded to provide any real fun, and the Stones come off more as sanctimonious, politically correct left-wing prigs than enchanting.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

The movie feels a lot like slacker brother Ben: a little sloppy, mostly predictable, some flashes of poignancy and wisdom, but ultimately doesn't live up to its potential.

September 22, 2006
Christianity Today

What's so refreshing about Thomas Bezucha's The Family Stone is how it plays off of genre expectations and effortlessly switches back and forth between comedy, romance and tragedy.

July 29, 2006 Full Review Source: Movie Views

Tocante sem ser melodramático, desenvolve bem seus personagens, cujas interações soam sempre reais. Além disso, o filme oscila com segurança entre o drama e a comédia e conta com um elenco formidável.

April 14, 2006
Cinema em Cena

...turns from endearing to phony even before the first carol is sung.

February 21, 2006 Full Review
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February 17, 2006 Full Review Source: 3BlackChicks Review
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Una comedia dramática absolutamente menor, con personajes potencialmente atractivos pero finalmente inverosímiles y estereotipados.

January 31, 2006 Full Review Source: Uruguay Total
Uruguay Total

The Family Stone is a movie for everyone, especially during the holidays.

January 17, 2006 Full Review Source: Premiere Magazine
Premiere Magazine

Thomas Bezucha who wrote and directed wanted it to build up to a romantic and madcap third act, perhaps a bit like MOONSTRUCK, but somehow it seems forced.

January 13, 2006 Full Review

Direction, acting, and even the dialogue are strong -- absolutely top notch. They are the work of professionals. It's the story line that bottlenecks the whole process.

January 11, 2006 Full Review Source: Hollywood Report Card | Comment (1)
Hollywood Report Card

This film is clearly a vehicle for Parker. We wouldn't want to waste all the "Sex and the City" steam now would we?

January 6, 2006 Full Review Source:

A miserable misfire that might explain why so many people take their own lives during the holidays.

January 1, 2006 Full Review Source:

The Stone's cruelty is a delight, especially when it turns out Parker actually is a giant loser.

December 28, 2005 Full Review

Like most family holiday gatherings, [it's] awkward and a bit loud in places, but filled with good humor and packed with familiar faces who give you a warm cozy feeling all over.

December 28, 2005
Salt Lake Tribune

Rings true in both a comedic and dramatic sense.

December 27, 2005 Full Review Source:

...hits upon a couple of sad truths.

December 26, 2005 Full Review
Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)

In a time when even movie reviews are quick to qualify everything by perceived left or right leanings, The Family Stone's critique of those who conform their values to political dogma has pertinence.

December 24, 2005 Full Review

Audience Reviews for The Family Stone

Everett brings his uptight girlfriend Meredith (SJP) home to meet his family at Christmas with disastrous consequences. From the trailer this looks like a funny Christmas movie, but this is not a funny movie. The ending made me sad. Good cast.
July 22, 2012
Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

The cast give it their best shot, but they can't save this film from a script full of contrived drama and jarring tone inconsistencies. When the film is trying to be dramatic, it feels like a Lifetime channel movie. The relationships are unbelievable and the family comes across as unpleasant and mean. When the film is trying to be funny, it is humorless slapstick that is usually placed after "serious" moments. The movie is also very blandly directed and the cinematography is TV movie quality. Their is some good acting and a few little laughs but the film does not work as a whole. This movie is not a "feel-good" romantic comedy, it is a "feel-bad" TV movie that somehow missed the Lifetime channel.
April 27, 2012
Christopher Heim

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A cast full of talented people but the characters are so unpleasant why would you want to spend a hour with them.
September 29, 2011
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