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Family Fundamentals Reviews

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December 8, 2002
A timely and incisive film about the untenable conflict between warring American values -- religious fundamentalism versus family love.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 1, 2002
A moving and important film.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 31, 2002
Compassionate, potent documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
October 20, 2002
It's always disappointing when a documentary fails to live up to -- or offer any new insight into -- its chosen topic. Unfortunately, that's precisely what Arthur Dong's Family Fundamentals does.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 16, 2002
Has moments of great poignancy and insight.
October 14, 2002
So many documentaries like this presuppose religious bigotry or zealous nuttiness of its antagonists, but Family Fundamentals displays a rare gift for unflinching impartiality.
Full Review | Original Score: B
October 11, 2002
An earnest, heartrending look at the divide between religious fundamentalists and their gay relatives. It's also heavy-handed and devotes too much time to bigoted views.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 11, 2002
[Dong] makes a valiant effort to understand everyone's point of view, and he does such a good job of it that Family Fundamentals gets you riled up.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 11, 2002
Just how these families interact may surprise you.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 10, 2002
Dong shows how intolerance has the power to deform families, then tear them apart.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
October 10, 2002
As part of Mr. Dong's continuing exploration of homosexuality in America, Family Fundamentals is an earnest study in despair.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 10, 2002
Dong doesn't demonize the conservative Christians he talks to, but he doesn't have to...
October 10, 2002
Dong never pushes for insights beyond the superficial tensions of the dynamic he's dissecting, and the film settles too easily along the contours of expectation.
October 8, 2002
Compassionately explores the seemingly irreconcilable situation between conservative Christian parents and their estranged gay and lesbian children.
October 7, 2002
Using his audience as a figurative port-of-call, Dong pulls his even-handed ideological ship to their dock for unloading, before he continues his longer journey still ahead.
Full Review | Original Score: 82/100
October 5, 2002
As in his other searingly intelligent docs, Dong presents the facts in an admirably clear-eyed way.
September 24, 2002
An incendiary, deeply thought-provoking look at one of the most peculiar (and peculiarly venomous) bigotries in our increasingly frightening theocracy
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
September 22, 2002
A heartbreaking look at families torn apart with irreconcilable differences relating to religious beliefs regarding the morality of homosexuality.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
July 26, 2002
Sensitive though not quite revelatory documentary.
Read More | Original Score: C
July 26, 2002
The problem with this film is that it lacks focus. I sympathize with the plight of these families, but the movie doesn't do a very good job conveying the issue at hand.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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