The Perfect Family Reviews

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Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
January 4, 2013
This Kathleen Turner vehicle is a stiff, a picture with so little urgency that it drags on like a sermon without end, with all the flavor of a communion wafer.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Barbara VanDenburgh
Arizona Republic
May 17, 2012
It would be ripe territory for self-reflection if this sloppy debut from filmmaker Anne Renton weren't plagued with as much self-doubt and uncertainty as its lead Catholic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
May 11, 2012
Turner is terrific, but The Perfect Family doesn't know quite what to do with her energy, eventually taking on so much surplus woe, there's no chance for a clean exit.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
May 10, 2012
At the most fundamental level, as a work of entertainment, it fails. Scenes meander pointlessly, beginning and ending without any change or story movement.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
May 10, 2012
A moving story of a woman's attempt to keep pace in a world that's moving too quickly for her.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
May 10, 2012
A leaden, ham-fisted affair that was exactly the sort of pap John Waters was spoofing when he cast Turner as a serial-killing soccer mom.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Perry Seibert
TV Guide's Movie Guide
May 8, 2012
Hollywood generally avoids religion whenever possible. The Perfect Family, a sweet and touching indie comedy-drama, tackles the subject head-on without offending or alienating anyone.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Brent Simon
Shockya.com
May 8, 2012
A resolutely middle-of-the-road affair that never locates and communicates a very persuasive reason for its existence, or even a compelling dramatic throughline. A cinematic 'meh' if ever there were one.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Prairie Miller
NewsBlaze
May 5, 2012
Religion butts heads mercilessly with romance in this ironically titled dysfunctional family values dramedy. But the premeditated plot points are simply too blatantly stacked against traditional matrimonial tribes, in favor of idealized same sex unions.
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate
May 5, 2012
In this dramedy, Kathleen Turner is sincerely sympathetic, as faith triumphs over religion.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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May 4, 2012
The film's gentle, sentimental approach prevents it from ever really getting at the pain that's been swirling around this imperfect family for years.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/10
Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International
May 4, 2012
This often amusing pro-gay comedy delivers a dysfunctional family and religious orthodoxy in extremis with a bright cast headed by a droll Kathleen Turner.
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine
May 4, 2012
The trailers make it look like an irreverent, iconoclastic satire; in fact it's dramatic - when it isn't dull and obvious.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
May 4, 2012
"The Perfect Family'' is Kathleen Turner's show. And when a series of crises forces Eileen to re-examine her values and beliefs, Turner rises magnificently to the occasion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
May 3, 2012
The film's single saving grace is Turner, who channels that legendary Catholic guilt like there is no tomorrow.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
May 3, 2012
[Turner's] performance is the deepest and truest element in this shallow feel-good movie about the clash between gay rights and Catholic orthodoxy in a generic suburban town...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Robert Levin
amNewYork
May 3, 2012
The movie teeters on the edge of caricature, but Kathleen Turner keeps it grounded and relatable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Diego Costa
Slant Magazine
May 3, 2012
An anodyne tale of family-centered acceptance that's neither comical when it wants to be nor touching when it strivers for pathos.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
May 3, 2012
We need more of Turner onscreen, so I hesitate to criticize when she finally appears. But the truth is that she's sadly underutilized in Renton's debut.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Alison Willmore
AV Club
May 3, 2012
Turner's interactions with Deschanel are so much weightier than the rest of the film that the other storylines seem extraneous.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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