The Family Reviews

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Liam Nicholls
Fan The Fire
January 6, 2014
It rattles along at a slick pace and the closing sequence is everything you could want from a closing crescendo.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jason Best
Movie Talk
November 21, 2013
[Besson] doesn't really find the right tone to hold all this together, but there's a certain frisson in watching De Niro's short-fused Giovanni explode... and you just know there's going to be an opportunity for Besson to go ballistic, too.
Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show
November 3, 2013
The Family unashamedly serves as a shrine to Goodfellas, pairs sharp, black comedy and violence but like the characters is in a state of existential crisis.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Robert Kojder
What Culture
October 30, 2013
The Family is the version [of mobster films] that abandons all logic opting for a route that seems derived from a Loony Tunes episode.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Mack Rawden
CinemaBlend.com
October 3, 2013
I recommend The Family in the same way I might mint-flavored gum. It's not what you would hope for, but when choosing at random, you'd do worse a little more often than not.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Michael A. Smith
MediaMikes
September 26, 2013
Well cast and sharply directed by Besson, who also co-wrote the script, "The Family" flows easily for the first half.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
September 26, 2013
Writer-director Luc Besson can do much better than this.
Diana Saenger
ReviewExpress.com
September 22, 2013
Beware of This Family
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jolene Mendez
Entertainment Spectrum
September 20, 2013
Great chemistry from the cast and the thrilling action made it entertaining for all.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tony Medley
Tolucan Times
September 15, 2013
Despite the excessive violence, this is an enjoyable film providing needed escapist entertainment, well directed by Besson with fine performances by all, especially Argon.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Daniel M. Kimmel
New England Movies Weekly
September 14, 2013
"Luc Besson has done the seemingly impossible. He's resuscitated the corpse of Robert De Niro's career."
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Pete Vonder Haar
Houston Press
September 14, 2013
I guess when we get down to it, Pfeiffer's performance is what nudges The Family into the "recommended" category. Barely.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Richard Roeper
Chicago Sun-Times
September 13, 2013
This is a deliberately off-kilter, cheerfully violent, hit-and-miss effort with just enough moments of inspiration to warrant a recommendation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Dave White
Movies.com
September 13, 2013
[De Niro]'s been down this road so many times now it's a wonder he isn't hiring himself out for lucrative guest spots doing stand-up for rich children at Goodfellas-themed Chuck E. Cheese birthday parties.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Sandy Schaefer
ScreenRant
September 13, 2013
The Family offers a solid blend of dark satire, social commentary, off-beat humor, quirky aesthetics, and a decent (albeit unremarkable) amount of substance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
William Bibbiani
CraveOnline
September 13, 2013
Equal parts mean and adorable, and if you can accept that those attitudes aren't mutually exclusive, you'll find it to be one of the better comedies of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Sheila O'Malley
RogerEbert.com
September 13, 2013
The Family is a pretty uneven film, lurching from comedy to violence to sentiment, but it's best when it sticks in the realm of flat-out farce.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media
September 13, 2013
Funny but imperfect mob comedy has violence, language.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kirk Baird
Toledo Blade
September 13, 2013
What sells The Family is its cast; in particular, De Niro and Pfeiffer, who are charming and believable as a couple fluent in each other's faults but still unabashedly in love.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
James Verniere
Boston Herald
September 13, 2013
De Niro and Pfeiffer still married to the mob and very funny.
Full Review | Original Score: B plus
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