• PG-13, 1 hr. 49 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Tyler Perry
    In Theaters:
    Sep 12, 2008 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jan 13, 2008
  • Lionsgate


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The Family That Preys Reviews

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Whatever its other sins, the movie cannot be accused of wanting for ambition or scope.

Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Original Score: 6/10

February 9, 2012
William Goss

Exactly the kind of preachy, pandering, tone-shifting, gospel-laced soap opera that [Perry has] served up time and time again to his dedicated audience.

Full Review Source: Cinematical

December 17, 2009
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine

I appreciate what Perry is trying to do with his films, and it's nice to see an urban film that isn't a "Gangsta Picture", but he needs to tone down the soap opera qualities and let his stories unfold naturally.

Full Review Source: Sin Magazine | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 8, 2008
Larry Ratliff
San Antonio Express-News

(Tyler) Perry, a cinematic one-man band who wrote the script, produces, directs and plays the role of a decent husband and construction worker, is still growing as a filmmaker.

| Original Score: 3/4

September 29, 2008
Bill Gibron

To call The Family That Preys a transitional effort would be accurate and fair

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 2.5/5

September 25, 2008
Nell Minow

It has Tyler Perry's trademark trio: sincerity, spirituality, and story. And if he passes on that other "s" -- subtlety -- that's all right.

Full Review Source: Beliefnet | Original Score: B+

September 19, 2008
Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly
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This snail-paced film might as well take place in the 1950s, since it seems to have been inspired by one those Hollywood melodramas in which one company employs the entire town, and the only places free of corruption are the church and the local diner.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

September 18, 2008
Jackie K. Cooper

A simple tale of good versus evil that also delivers solid acting and an enjoyable script

Full Review Source: jackiekcooper.com | Original Score: 7/10

September 18, 2008
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

The closest Perry has come to making something that looks like it belongs on a movie screen and not on a TV set or on the wall of a church basement.

Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Original Score: 3/5

September 17, 2008
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

Well, GOod for Ty,ler Perry. He has invented his own genre of movie.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

September 16, 2008
Eric D. Snider

Perry may not be dealing with race issues, but he still writes everything in black-and-white.

Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com | Original Score: C+

September 15, 2008
Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies

When he's not distracted trying to accessorize dresses, Tyler Perry can write a decent enough soap opera.

Full Review Source: Jam! Movies | Original Score: 3/5

September 15, 2008
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

If all Tyler Perry did with The Family That Preys was give Alfre Woodard a good part, that would be enough to make the movie worth seeing. But he does more.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 3/4

September 15, 2008
Sam Adams
AV Club
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While it's wonderful to see actresses as shamefully underemployed as Woodard and Bates on the big screen, even they can't make sense of [these] incoherent characters.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C+

September 15, 2008
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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The Family that Preys shows grand advances in the filmmaking education of playwright-turned-filmmaker Tyler Perry. It's also his soapiest film yet, an overwrought melodrama of sibling rivalry, infidelity, family business power plays and terminal illness.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 2/5

September 15, 2008
John P. McCarthy
Boxoffice Magazine

To say that the plot is laboriously constructed is an understatement. The first hour is interminable, filled with dead air that suggests Perry the director was asleep at the switch.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 1.5/5

September 15, 2008
Neely Tucker
Washington Post
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By far the best thing about the enterprise is Woodard. If she's not in this thing, I think it goes kaput.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

September 15, 2008
Bob Baker
Los Angeles Times
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The film takes off when Woodard's and Bates' characters go on a Thelma & Louise-style road trip.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

September 15, 2008
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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The movie plays almost exactly like four daily soap episodes stitched together.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 1.5/4

September 15, 2008
Gregory Kirschling
Entertainment Weekly
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As usual, the villains are very bad, and the good guys are very noble -- until they get mad and clock their wives.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C+

September 15, 2008
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