The Family Man Reviews

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Top Critic
January 26, 2006
It's rare that an American movie lets slip such a snobbish distaste for the humdrum lives of its blue-collar audience base, but of course it doesn't last.
March 22, 2002
A series of moments, sentimental and comic, that never do add up to a coherent fable.
Top Critic
April 16, 2001
A pleasant change of pace for both Cage and director Ratner.
February 7, 2001
December 22, 2000
The outsize ticky tackiness of Jack's new life has been stitched together out of the broadest possible series of middle American clichs.
December 22, 2000
Too much of the movie is pure formula nonsense.
December 22, 2000
It's the sort of steamroller seasonal entertainment calculated to make us average folks out here feel temporarily warm and happy about our averageness.
December 22, 2000
The absolute choices it forces on its hapless hero are far too mutually exclusive to be credible.
December 22, 2000
The film has so many spiffy individual scenes.
December 22, 2000
Desperately needs a more centered, consistent performance from [Cage].
December 22, 2000
Holiday moviemaking by the manual.
December 22, 2000
Ratner probably thought it would be Capra-esque, but, really, it's just boring.
December 22, 2000
For a holiday movie, it doesn't have much about giving or sharing.
December 22, 2000
Despite an aura of dj vu and a too-neat fadeout, this time-warp comedy feels fresh and original, and not a little heartfelt.
December 22, 2000
Although the rhythms of the movie directed by Brett Ratner ... are familiar in terms of the story, Cage and Leoni make it offbeat.
December 22, 2000
Nicolas Cage gives a performance that invites audiences to lay cynicism aside.
December 22, 2000
Yes, this movie is schmaltzy -- but ... so what? It's also heartfelt, a great date movie and perfect for the holidays.
December 22, 2000
Aimed at the unfussy consumer of Christmas schmaltz.
December 22, 2000
Mostly it's a reminder of better movies in this genre.
December 22, 2000
In the end conventional sentiment, rather than any actual morality, is all that the script for The Family Man ... has to offer.
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