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Family Weekend Reviews

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David Martindale
Dallas Morning News
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Don't let the innocuous title fool you. Family Weekend is a subversive little comedy in which a tightly wound misfit of a teenage girl, fed up with watching her family spiral out of control, subjects her parents to an extreme intervention.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: B

April 4, 2013
Dann Gire
Daily Herald (IL)

Family Weekend is just as simpy as its plot sounds, but under Alabama-born director Epps, making his feature directing debut, this comedy skips along on good intentions with actors who put more into the characters than they deserve.

Full Review Source: Daily Herald (IL) | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 4, 2013
Mark Adams
Screen International

An enjoyably leftfield oddball comedy.

Full Review Source: Screen International

April 2, 2013
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight

An appealing film about the rigors of parenting and misperception of what it takes to be a parent.

Full Review Source: Cinema Sight | Original Score: 3/4

March 29, 2013
Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
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For a long while, director Benjamin Epps goes for breakneck farce; at its best, this is a batty mixture of family-values editorial and teen spoof.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3/4

March 29, 2013
Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
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What keeps the film afloat is the buoyant young cast, with Rulin especially watchable as the tightly wound lead and Joey King as her younger sister, who's an aspiring actress.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3/5

March 28, 2013
Jennie Kermode
Eye for Film

Despite the occasional descent into clumsy farce, it largely succeeds in creating its own space and providing a pleasingly different teen perspective on life.

Full Review Source: Eye for Film | Original Score: 3.5/5

March 27, 2013
Mark R. Leeper
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What Emily wants is basically a return to "Leave it to Beaver" sort of values. That may be a hard sell in the 21st Century.

Full Review Source: Mark Leeper's Reviews | Original Score: 7/10

March 24, 2013
James Plath
Movie Metropolis

Watching "Family Weekend" you feel as trapped as the tied-up parents, wondering, when will it all end?

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 4/10

May 28, 2013
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics

A couple twists short of a good comedy; this film seems like more of a TV prime time test spin for the cast and crew than a fully developed film.

Full Review Source: Monsters and Critics | Original Score: 6/10

April 7, 2013
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru

Anarchic, silly, witless, cartoonish and unsophisticated despite lively performances by the talented Olesya Rulin and Joey King.

Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru | Original Score: 5.6/10

March 29, 2013
S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media

Teen tries to repair dysfunctional family in so-so comedy.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 2/5

March 29, 2013
Tom Long
Detroit News
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The unconventional dysfunctional family has now become a Hollywood convention. It is familiar to a fault.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: C+

March 29, 2013
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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We're sitting there, trapped. An angry little teenager's yelling at us. And we're not having any fun at all.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2/4

March 29, 2013
Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit

Feels longer than just two days

Full Review Source: Movie Habit

March 28, 2013
Andy Webster
New York Times
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The script, by Matt K. Turner, is loaded with contradictions, its hollow flirtation with subversion amount to airplane pablum.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/5

March 28, 2013
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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There's no overcoming the poorly conceived premise of Benjamin Epps' debut comedy. But a strong start and solid cast take it further than one might expect.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/5

March 28, 2013
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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The kind of dark-for-dark's sake, wannabe quirkfest that proves indie films can be just as clichéd and vapid as the most soulless Hollywood movies.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 1.5/4

March 28, 2013
Brian Orndorf
Blu-ray.com

In need of a more judicious editor and a game plan to approach the steady erosion of marriage with a profound hit of honesty, not just a sitcom-style presentation of forced therapy.

Full Review Source: Blu-ray.com | Original Score: C

March 28, 2013
Dustin Putman
DustinPutman.com

Who was "Family Weekend" made for? Beats the hell out of me.

Full Review Source: DustinPutman.com | Original Score: 2/4

March 27, 2013
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