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It Runs in the Family Reviews

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Robert Koehler
Variety
March 31, 2009
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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.
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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.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
April 25, 2003
Worthwhile, though the story is predictable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
April 25, 2003
Acting together for the first time, Kirk and Michael Douglas have some powerful scenes together, which only makes you wish the entire project had tilted more towards Eugene O'Neill than Neil Simon.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Mary Brennan
Seattle Times
April 25, 2003
A pretty unpalatable blend of syrup and formaldehyde-basted turkey.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
April 25, 2003
Achingly long and pointless, Runs is a movie about family that's dishonest in its presentation of every relationship.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
April 25, 2003
A messy movie about the messiness that family life often involves.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
April 25, 2003
Edgier and a lot less sappy than you'd expect, but there are way too many complications in the mix.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bob Campbell
Newark Star-Ledger
April 25, 2003
Despite rich acting and expert direction, the two grids don't snap neatly together.
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
April 25, 2003
Three generations of the Kirk Douglas family strain against mawkish material about a dysfunctional family that ties up all its loose ends in 109 cringe-worthy minutes.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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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
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
April 25, 2003
As conveyances go, this is no vehicle -- it's a train. Unfortunately, the train keeps hopping the tracks.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
April 25, 2003
Sometimes shrill, often dull, it has nowhere in particular to go, and it takes far too long not getting there.
| Original Score: D+
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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.
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Megan Lehmann
New York Post
April 25, 2003
An exercise in drudgery.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
April 25, 2003
A family drama that manages to be affectingly bittersweet without being as satisfying.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
April 25, 2003
Has echoes of The Wonder Years to On Golden Pond, though with fewer laughs and less poignancy.
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
April 25, 2003
I can understand why they wanted to do this movie, and I wish they'd been able to pull it off.
| Original Score: D+
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 25, 2003
The movie deals with these touchy subjects, and others, but in a plot so jammed with events, disputes, tragedies and revelations that the most serious matters don't seem to receive enough attention.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
April 25, 2003
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
April 25, 2003
A family comedy that's also something of a drama (or maybe it's the other way around), the picture never quite finds its footing.
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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
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
April 24, 2003
Michael and Kirk Douglas have taken more than 20 years to select a script that would enable them to act together on the screen. It was worth the wait.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
April 24, 2003
It Runs in the Family dawdles and meanders. Only the most devoted Douglas-philes will feel like saluting.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
April 24, 2003
There is definitely something exciting about seeing Michael and Kirk together on screen, cleft chin to cleft chin. That's easily the neatest thing about It Runs in the Family.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
April 24, 2003
Works as a drama but comes up short as a comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
April 24, 2003
Not even Hello! magazine is going to want to take unauthorized snaps of this particular Douglas family event.
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Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
April 24, 2003
It Runs in the Family never quite transcends its movie-of-the-week trappings. But either you're glad to have spent time with these three generations or you aren't.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
April 24, 2003
A Douglas family affair whose contrivances are outweighed by its respect for its characters.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
April 23, 2003
Fred Schepisi directs like a ringmaster for hire from a therapy-session script by Jesse Wigutow.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
April 21, 2003
Director Fred Schepisi's painstakingly paced approach to screenwriter Jess Wigutow's already weighty material makes for a strained viewing experience.