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The Family Stone Reviews

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Top Critic
Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
December 15, 2005
A potentially interesting tale flailing haplessly in the quicksand of holiday-movie formula, this domestic dramedy from writer-director Thomas Bezucha is most potently read in reverse of its intentions.
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
December 31, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
December 14, 2005
A rank slice of Christmas cheese.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
December 15, 2005
There are many ways to define the shrieking awfulness of The Family Stone, from the general lack of wit to the cheap exploitation of cancer to its casual cruelty.
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
May 12, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Mark R. Leeper
January 13, 2006
Thomas Bezucha who wrote and directed wanted it to build up to a romantic and madcap third act, perhaps a bit like MOONSTRUCK, but somehow it seems forced.
Full Review| Original Score: 6/10
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
December 15, 2005
Though the laughs are intact, serious subplots... add an unwelcome weight that shifts the whole thing off-kilter.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Joe Utichi
December 17, 2005
Just desolately average.
| Original Score: 2/5
Brent Simon
Now Playing Magazine
December 19, 2005
The movie's stock base: pat revelations and cheap manipulations.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Willie Waffle
December 15, 2005
The movie is wonderful as a drama, and wonderful when a comedy, but when the scenes are placed side by side, it's a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde movie mish mash.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
December 24, 2005
Go ahead--throw the first stone. Throw it right at the screen. Take aim, wind up and let the rocks rip.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
December 15, 2005
With a few more polishes, ...may have almost sparkled, but it's been left with too many flaws to quite make the grade.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
December 15, 2005
... pleasant enough company, but it's a bit like playing charades with the same titles over and over.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Susan Granger
December 16, 2005
Rarely have I seen such a maudlin, manipulative, mean-spirited mess masquerading as a holiday comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
December 17, 2005
Ultra-contrived, but delivers an important message about tolerance.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 17, 2005
One of those cloying familiar whacky holiday formulaic sitcom drama/comedies that is what it is.
Full Review | Original Score: C
David N. Butterworth
January 1, 2006
A miserable misfire that might explain why so many people take their own lives during the holidays.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Dennis Lim
Village Voice
December 13, 2005
It's hard to fathom why anyone would voluntarily endure a holiday family reunion movie (hereafter HFRM) -- a genre devised solely to demonstrate how grotesque and how heartwarming families can be.
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
December 15, 2005
The plot is motored more by convenience than credible character behavior and for much of the time, the cockles of our hearts remain unwarmed.
| Original Score: C+
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Gene Seymour
December 15, 2005
Almost everything about The Family Stone is so schematic and prefabricated that it should come with its own easy-to-follow blueprint.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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