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Reuniting The Rubins (2012)

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Critic Reviews: 5
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Lenny Rubins, an up-tight lawyer, puts his dream retirement on hold when his ailing mother emotionally blackmails him into reuniting his estranged children for a Jewish holiday. They may be peas from the same pod, but in Lenny's eyes, his grown up children are certainly not from the same planet: a control-freak hard-nosed capitalist, an outspoken argumentative eco-warrior committed to the cause, an outer worldly Buddhist Monk; and to cap it all a bible bashing born-again Rabbi! They might not

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Drama, Kids & Family, Art House & International, Comedy

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Apr 23, 2012

$13.3k

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"Reuniting the Rubins" may walk like a comedy and quack like a comedy, but despite the absurd extremes to which it takes the squabbling-family formula, it inspires nary a chuckle.

April 5, 2012 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
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Theoretical laughter, tears and maudlin contrivance ensue.

March 23, 2012 Full Review Source: Variety
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A frantic, badly constructed, slightly offensive muddle that doesn't so much end as run out of things on a checklist.

March 22, 2012 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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The script includes little back story and lots of button-pushing shorthand, none of which feels genuine...

March 16, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Times
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What happens when you put a rabbi, a Buddhist monk, a high-strung capitalist, and a lesbian humanitarian together in the same room? Not comedy, it turns out.

March 13, 2012 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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Yoav Factor can't decide whether he wants to play his broad scenario as an exaggerated farce or as a heartwarming testament to blood ties.

March 11, 2012 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Reuniting the Rubins is harmless, unspectacular comedy, let down by a poor script and light-weight direction, which might have been more at home on a Sunday on ITV. It isn't the worst thing you'll see this year, but it will be difficult to remember.

January 2, 2012 Full Review Source: What Culture
What Culture

An ensemble piece wobbling between undercooked drama and low-powered farce...

October 26, 2011 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

A mediocre sitcom with too many preachy subplots.

October 26, 2011 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

Most people would rather spend five years in a Hamas dungeon than endure their company.

October 23, 2011 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

There are some films so bad, they don't warrant a review. This is one of them.

October 21, 2011 Full Review Source: Fan The Fire
Fan The Fire

Give me an oy. Give me a vey.

October 21, 2011 Full Review Source: Independent
Independent

It's a decent idea gone wrong for want of a better script and tighter direction.

October 21, 2011 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

Like a cheap, uninspired ITV bank holiday drama in which a decent cast is left stranded by a lousy script and lifeless direction.

October 20, 2011 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

Rubins ultimately sinks beneath the weight of its own gubbins.

October 20, 2011 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

A contrived script and clunky direction undermine this British film, which veers from silly comedy to harsh drama to dark tragedy.

October 20, 2011 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

The film has its moments, but the score is so achingly intrusive I felt I was suffering from Rubinoid arthritis.

October 19, 2011 Full Review Source: Birmingham Post
Birmingham Post

As dysfunctional movie families go, the Rubins hardly linger in the memory.

October 18, 2011 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Audience Reviews for Reuniting The Rubins

"A movie full of odd-ball characters who happen to be apart of a dysfunctional family. My favorite kind of families. But this one wasn't as out there or nearly as dramatic for my taste. I like these types of films to be more darker. But it was OK. Entertaining. I thought most of the acting was good. Some a little bit over the top. But the interesting part was how different Lenny's children turned out. One a budah, another a Rabbi, one a complete ass, and the other off changing the world. It was an odd mixture, but an interesting one none the less. Not something I would watch again, but nothing I regret seeing either."
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