It Runs in the Family Reviews

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Ryan Cracknell
Apollo Guide
July 7, 2004
Even though it flaunts its wealth, It Runs in the Family is a worthy tribute to all things Douglas.
Full Review | Original Score: 71/100
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
May 1, 2003
A funny, articulate, imperfect, sometimes messy, often infuriatingly sentimental, but always caring and spirited movie.
Mark Palermo
Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
May 1, 2003
There are enough genuine moments amidst its TV movie trappings.
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
April 30, 2003
One might rightly ask what runs in this family; based on the evidence here, it's nepotism. This is not a horrible film, but it's remarkably unexciting and formulaic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Ed Park
Village Voice
April 29, 2003
Goes easy on the schmaltz, and the catastrophes have the puncturing feel of real life.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
April 28, 2003
A lot of things, we see coming about three scenes in advance ... But, the three generations of Douglas' in particular, that's why I'm recommending this film.
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
April 28, 2003
What makes the movie interesting is mainly its gimmick.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Diana Saenger
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
April 27, 2003
Offers vignettes of personal challenges, tragedy and triumph that viewers can easily identify with and understand.
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
April 26, 2003
Absorbing despite the absence of what moviegoers consider to be dramatic events.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
April 25, 2003
Worthwhile, though the story is predictable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
April 25, 2003
Much better than its sappy ads make it look.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
April 25, 2003
This sort of message can become unbearably sappy. But It Runs in the Family manages to sidestep the potential overload of cheap sentimentality.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Louis B. Hobson
Jam! Movies
April 25, 2003
It Runs in the Family is the best look at aging and family dynamics since On Golden Pond and benefits from the same magical formula.
| Original Score: 4/5
Bruce Kirkland
Jam! Movies
April 25, 2003
It is impossible to know where the fiction leaves off and real life begins in [the Douglas'] tough-love exchanges, but the result is often electric, especially when the movie is in its darkest places emotionally.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
April 25, 2003
This one's for your parents, your grandparents, and the entire state of Florida.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
April 25, 2003
Much to my surprise and delight, the movie is nothing like its marketing.
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
April 25, 2003
Movie fans will probably be delighted to see four Douglas' in the same movie, but it really is disappointing that - after waiting so long to co-star with each other - this is the best they could come up with.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
April 25, 2003
Breathes with much knowing truth and dainty detail about the intimate lives of families.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
April 24, 2003
Throughout the movie you can feel the actors' offscreen relationships resonating with their performances and enriching them immeasurably.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Mack Bates
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
April 24, 2003
While it may not be off the hinges, It Runs in the Family is disarming enough that you won't exit the theater doors feeling like you've been hoodwinked.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Robert Koehler
Variety
March 31, 2009
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Teresa Seeger
Zap2it.com
February 25, 2004

Guardian
October 1, 2003

Sydney Morning Herald
August 30, 2003
Jason Anderson
eye WEEKLY
July 8, 2003

Boston Phoenix
July 2, 2003
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye
May 2, 2003
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
April 28, 2003
Maybe the Douglases decided to work out their issues on screen -- who knows?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Tony Toscano
Talking Pictures (U.S.)
April 28, 2003
That's not to say I didn't enjoy the film's overall message - It's just this film is better suited as a Lifetime TV movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4

Baltimore Sun
April 25, 2003

ComingSoon.net
April 25, 2003
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
April 25, 2003
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