a gob of yuletide Play-Doh
| Original Score: 1.5/4
I loved it.
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.
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
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.
| Original Score: 4/5
...turns from endearing to phony even before the first carol is sung.
Una comedia dramática absolutamente menor, con personajes potencialmente atractivos pero finalmente inverosímiles y estereotipados.
| Original Score: 2/5
The Family Stone is a movie for everyone, especially during the holidays.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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.
| Original Score: 6/10
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
This film is clearly a vehicle for Parker. We wouldn't want to waste all the "Sex and the City" steam now would we?
I can't deny the incidental pleasures of watching these talented players giving it their all, even in such a misguided project.
A miserable misfire that might explain why so many people take their own lives during the holidays.
The Stone's cruelty is a delight, especially when it turns out Parker actually is a giant loser.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
Rings true in both a comedic and dramatic sense.
| Original Score: 3/4
...hits upon a couple of sad truths.
| Original Score: C+
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.