The Family Tree Reviews

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Sean Kernan
We Got This Covered
March 1, 2013
The Family Tree is a surprisingly funny dysfunctional family comedy that manages to entertain throughout.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
November 23, 2011
...a misguided and thoroughly obnoxious piece of work that wears out its welcome almost immediately.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Jackie K. Cooper
jackiekcooper.com
August 30, 2011
There are too many branches on this tree trying to give every unemployed actor in Hollywood a job.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Brandon Judell
CultureCatch
August 30, 2011
So in the end what we are presented with is a mildly affable comedy of familial dysfunction that wants to chide the times for being both morally and emotionally obtuse. Instead, The Family Tree winds up being little more than a film uprooted.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 29, 2011
Another around-the-bend black comedy that doesn't work.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Sean Gandert
Paste Magazine
August 29, 2011
The Family Tree is never willing to try and really understand its family, instead creating wall of surface-level quirks as shorthand for their personalities.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.1/10
Ethan Alter
Television Without Pity
August 26, 2011
Davis could play a role like Bunnie in her sleep, Mulroney often seems to be asleep and the rest of the overqualified supporting cast just appears relieved that their screentime is limited.
David Noh
Film Journal International
August 26, 2011
This black comedy about a dysfunctional family strikes out on all counts: originality, wit and viewer tolerance.
Mark Peikert
New York Press
August 26, 2011
Like the body of a peeping tom high school student that hangs hidden in the Burnett's tree for the duration of the film, the direction of the movie remains dangling over audiences.
Top Critic
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
August 26, 2011
To judge from the talent she drew for her shaky debut, Vivi Friedman must either be very well connected or an awfully smooth talker.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Erik Childress
eFilmCritic.com
August 26, 2011
Think Overboard with masturbating, asphyxiated teens, gun-toting/weed-smoking priests, lesbian high school teachers preying on her students, a parade of wasted talent, and Bow Wow.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Top Critic
Sara Stewart
New York Post
August 26, 2011
"Mad Men" devotees may show up for Christina Hendricks, who plays Mulroney's buxom secretary. Quite the acting stretch.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Wilson Morales
BlackFilm.com
August 26, 2011
Here's a film that consists of a hodgepodge of blah. Too many subplots are crammed into this dramedy that leaves little for emotion or laughter.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Top Critic
Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
August 25, 2011
Friedman's inability to successfully reconcile the film's duality undercuts an eclectic cast gamely committed to Mark Lisson's thematically ambitious, if scattered, script.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Stephen Holden
New York Times
August 25, 2011
The only reason I can think of to watch Vivi Friedman's flat, satirical farce "The Family Tree" - and it's not a good enough reason - is the opportunity to play a game of spot the semi-star.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Blake French
Filmcritic.com
August 25, 2011
fresh and engaging...and quite funny
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
August 24, 2011
There's not much dramatic glue here to huff, leaving The Family Tree satisfying on a technical level, with external developments more captivating than internal deliberation.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Top Critic
Mark Holcomb
Village Voice
August 23, 2011
[It makes] a small case for not succumbing to nostalgic malaise -- too bad it's in a genre as played-out as [the] lead characters' passion.
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
August 22, 2011
It has a terrific cast of actors doing committed work; it also has a screenplay that tries so hard to be quirky that it tires itself out.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Chuck Bowen
Slant Magazine
August 22, 2011
The Burnett clan manages to encompass virtually every cliché of any dramedy made in the last decade that has garnered or hoped to garner Oscar buzz.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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