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Family Weekend Reviews

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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
Nick Schager
Village Voice
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Quirky indie hell, thy name is Family Weekend.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

March 26, 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
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
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
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
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
Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit

Feels longer than just two days

Full Review Source: Movie Habit

March 28, 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
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
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
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
Eddie Cockrell
Variety
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The direction by Benjamin Epps, who has an early cameo as a jump-rope judge, shows decent comic timing, but needs to dial the histrionics way down and find a script that has some substance beneath the shenanigans.

Full Review Source: Variety

March 27, 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
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
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 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
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
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
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