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The Perfect Family Reviews

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Rob Hunter
Film School Rejects
May 12, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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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
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
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
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.
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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
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
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
May 2, 2012
In the final scene I found myself laughing and crying at the same time.
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James Rocchi
MSN Movies
May 1, 2012
Hardly perfect, but definitely trying to be good.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
May 1, 2012
[VIDEO] Director Anne Renton's feature debut is a low-key family comedy that succeeds primarily on the shoulders of its capable leading lady.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
April 30, 2012
The Perfect Family is a tiny treasure, a rare story that's willing to look at what faith means and how it truly applies to our everyday lives.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jake Weinraub
TheWrap
April 27, 2012
Turner's complex and heart-wrenching performance provides a window into the life of a woman dedicated to the values and commitments her church dictates, even during her family's darkest times.
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest
July 22, 2011
Doesn't get all the Catholic details right but still presents the church's rituals and parish politics more seriously than most movies.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Chris Barsanti
PopMatters
May 5, 2011
The prevailing mood is that of a Hallmark Channel film, where plot and symbols are just too bright and obvious and squared away.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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Ronnie Scheib
Variety
May 5, 2011
A dynamite Kathleen Turner desperately strives to be named "Catholic Woman of the Year" in tyro helmer Anne Renton's feel-good religious laffer The Perfect Family.
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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