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The Family Stone Reviews

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Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
December 17, 2005
A terrific screwball comedy in its own right, like a more erudite Meet the Parents.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
December 17, 2005
Ultra-contrived, but delivers an important message about tolerance.
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
December 17, 2005
Disappointing and ultimately irritating film that fails on several counts, despite a handful of strong performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
December 17, 2005
It's worth two hours for those who appreciate this kind of workmanlike, low-risk drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Joe Utichi
FilmFocus
December 17, 2005
Just desolately average.
| Original Score: 2/5
Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette
December 17, 2005
The delightful Stone family becomes the villain, and we're left unsure whether to crow in triumph when [Meredith] flees or hope she returns with a bazooka and blows the house up. It's this moral ambivalence that makes this thing so interesting.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
December 16, 2005
Richly satisfying, The Family Stone takes us from laughter to tears and back again
Mark Collette
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
December 16, 2005
This year's lump of cinematic coal has a diamond blazing inside.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Carla Meyer
Sacramento Bee
December 16, 2005
[The film] at times approximates the cozy hostility that can permeate real-life family gatherings. But then the movie's snap turns to sap, and edgy comedy becomes standard gazing-at-the-Christmas-tree warm fuzziness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
December 16, 2005
Some will find it touching, some will be too weary of the plot contrivances and the smug Stone family to care.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
December 16, 2005
A feel-bad holiday film about a repellent family, with a milquetoast dad and a smug, devious harpy of a mom.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
James Hebert
San Diego Union-Tribune
December 16, 2005
Strangely, though, it's not an overdose of sentimentality that makes the family - - and the film - - so hard to buy. It's that most of its members are so blithely cruel.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Mike Clark
USA Today
December 16, 2005
This is one busy wannabe heart-tugger.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 16, 2005
Indie director Bezucha has held on to just enough individuality to breathe a little life into the cliches.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Susan Walker
Toronto Star
December 16, 2005
The Family Stone is a lot slyer than you might expect.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
December 16, 2005
There are cringe-worthy passages and an overly sentimental structure (everyone pairs up so very tidily), but the performances are delightful, and the picture comes together.
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
December 16, 2005
Thomas Bezucha applies just the right light touch to the film, layering in strong dollops of wit, wackiness and warmth, making it among the best of its type.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Gary Goldstein
Reel.com
December 16, 2005
The Family Stone is like a festively wrapped gift box that contains that special sweater you wanted - - only in the wrong size.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
December 16, 2005
In the spirit of the holiday family saga, I cry, Uncle.
David Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan
December 16, 2005
'The Family Stone' is a cliche-ridden disaster that wants desperately to be a holiday tear-jerker, but mostly pushes all the wrong buttons.
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