• PG-13, 1 hr. 23 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Anne Renton
    In Theaters:
    May 4, 2012 Limited
    On DVD:
    Jun 26, 2012
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The Perfect Family Reviews

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Barbara VanDenburgh
Arizona Republic
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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 Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 2.5/5

May 17, 2012
Ian Buckwalter
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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 Source: NPR | Original Score: 4.5/10

May 4, 2012
Roger Moore
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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 Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service | Original Score: 1.5/4

January 4, 2013
Sam Adams
Time Out New York
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Turner seems stifled by the joyless role of a woman whose only purpose is to be taught the error of her sanctimonious ways.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/5

May 1, 2012
Diego Costa
Slant Magazine

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 Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 1/4

May 3, 2012
Alison Willmore
AV Club
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Turner's interactions with Deschanel are so much weightier than the rest of the film that the other storylines seem extraneous.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C

May 3, 2012
Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
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The film's single saving grace is Turner, who channels that legendary Catholic guilt like there is no tomorrow.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2/5

May 3, 2012
Brian Orndorf

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 Source: BrianOrndorf.com | Original Score: C

May 11, 2012
Michelle Orange

The Perfect Family seems to resist introspective pit stops, cruising toward its tidy resolution with a host of missed opportunities in its wake.

Full Review Source: Movieline | Original Score: 6.5/10

May 2, 2012
Brent Simon

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 Source: Shockya.com | Original Score: C-

May 8, 2012
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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[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 Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/5

May 3, 2012
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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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 Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 1/4

May 10, 2012
Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
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It's hard not to wish that it had taken a few more chances and explored its certainly relevant themes a little more deeply.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

April 26, 2011
Ernest Hardy
Village Voice
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Renton's competing tones and intentions result in a film at odds with itself and its lead performance.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

May 1, 2012
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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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 Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/5

May 3, 2012
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine

The trailers make it look like an irreverent, iconoclastic satire; in fact it's dramatic - when it isn't dull and obvious.

Full Review Source: Hollywood & Fine

May 4, 2012
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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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 Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 2/4

May 10, 2012
Jake Weinraub
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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.

Full Review Source: TheWrap

April 27, 2012
Rob Hunter
Film School Rejects

Full Review Source: Film School Rejects | Original Score: B-

May 12, 2012
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest

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 Source: Movie Dearest | Original Score: B

July 22, 2011
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