The Family Reviews

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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
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Christopher Orr
The Atlantic
September 13, 2013
A movie with a PG brain and a NC-17 body count, unsuitable for audiences of any age.
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Michael Sragow
Orange County Register
September 13, 2013
An all-star cast fails to rise above bloody japes and heavy-handed humor in this tale of a renegade Mob family hiding in a small French town.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
September 13, 2013
A black comedy that doesn't begin to jell but has a sweetheart of a cast and the odd diverting moment.
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Adam Nayman
Globe and Mail
September 13, 2013
The casting of Robert De Niro as an ex-Mafioso hiding in witness protection is witty in only the silliest, most superficial way. It's a joke with its own tinny, built-in laugh track.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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David Hiltbrand
Philadelphia Inquirer
September 13, 2013
The Family is a film at once strange and intriguing. It can't seem to settle on a tone.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Adam Graham
Detroit News
September 13, 2013
The film isn't worthy of De Niro's stature, in the gangster sub-genre or otherwise.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Matt Patches
Film.com
September 12, 2013
A love letter to Scorsese constructed with all the grace of Mr. Bean.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.1/10
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Kristin Tillotson
Minneapolis Star Tribune
September 12, 2013
If cultural treason were a capital offense, "The Family" director Luc Besson would be on death row.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kerry Lengel
Arizona Republic
September 12, 2013
"The Family" does have its entertaining moments. But anyone who thinks it's a real knee-slapper needs therapy. Stat.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
September 12, 2013
It doesn't even try for basic credibility. But buoyed by hot performances, it sustains a zapping electrical energy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Andrew Barker
Variety
September 12, 2013
Curiously airless, weightless and tonally uncertain, Luc Besson's mafia comedy falls flat.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
September 12, 2013
Besson's history is one of making crowd-pleasing entertainment and The Family is no different.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Keough
Boston Globe
September 12, 2013
Not known for subtlety, Besson gets the expected laughs, and then some.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
September 12, 2013
Remember when Robert De Niro was an interesting actor? These days his talent, like his character in "The Family," is in the witness protection program, never to be seen again.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
September 12, 2013
The Blakes think they're vigilantes, but in most other movies they'd be the bad guys.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
September 12, 2013
The thing that saves the movie time and again is Besson's uncanny ability to shift tone, sometimes even within a single sequence, from light comedy to serious action, to genuine emotion and even romance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Jocelyn Noveck
Associated Press
September 12, 2013
[An] oddly paced, overly violent, sometimes amusing but sometimes jarringly unfunny movie.
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September 12, 2013
Besson opts for simple black comedy; laughs and occasional shocks come courtesy of the characters' violent behavior, which is usually relayed through joking, elliptical editing.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
September 12, 2013
No one's ever going to accuse Besson of having a light comic touch, but the mayhem in this minor mob comedy, more often than not, brings the laughs.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
September 12, 2013
The Family is a comic soufflé that never rises.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
September 12, 2013
This unexciting, unfunny would-be action satire is filled with Italian-American stereotypes, decades-old TV-style Mafia cliches, bits of business that never amount to anything and actors so much better than the hoary, one-joke material.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
September 12, 2013
The Family is a fish-out-of-water/buddy comedy/Mob flick. But most of all, it's a missed opportunity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Sherrie Li
Village Voice
September 12, 2013
There are some great moments sprinkled throughout. But overall, these elements never seem to come together in the same harmonious way that this family does with each other.
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
September 12, 2013
While Besson knows his way around an action film, he's not as adept at comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
September 12, 2013
The movie is a cartoon, but the stakes are surprisingly real.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4