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The Family Stone Reviews

January 5, 2006
I can't deny the incidental pleasures of watching these talented players giving it their all, even in such a misguided project.
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
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
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
December 16, 2005
This is one busy wannabe heart-tugger.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 16, 2005
The Family Stone is a lot slyer than you might expect.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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.
December 16, 2005
It's movie comfort food - - a few good laughs, a few winks of recognition, a few tears.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 16, 2005
The Family Stone is a satisfying, big-hearted celebration of diversity that will brighten holiday moviegoing - - at least in the blue states.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
December 16, 2005
Good acting only goes so far to salvage a bad script.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
December 16, 2005
A machine-tooled entertainment that's as fake and flimsy as a plastic Christmas tree.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 16, 2005
The Family Stone should have been a glittering holiday bauble along the lines of the irresistible Love Actually. Instead, Bezucha stuffs into our stockings what he thinks is good for us.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 16, 2005
It plays almost like Terms of Endearment crossed with the feel-good yule romance Love Actually.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 16, 2005
So check your disbelief at the door, bring along a mini-packet of Kleenex, and brace yourself for Two-Ply and the Family Stone.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 16, 2005
What was supposed to be a jewel turns out to be a simple Christmas trinket.
Full Review | Original Score: C
December 16, 2005
When The Family Stone did touch me, I had such mixed feelings, I half-wished the movie had kept its hands to itself.
Read More | Original Score: C
December 16, 2005
Suddenly we're wiping away tears, glancing around to make sure no one noticed we had fallen for this steaming cup of melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 16, 2005
The movie is a holiday romantic comedy that wants to put the holiday romantic comedy out of business.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 15, 2005
This is a family, and a movie, where everyone talks at once -- and more often than you'd think, its characters actually come up with something worth saying.
December 15, 2005
The movie's warmth is contagious. Too bad its humor isn't.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 15, 2005
Hollywood is always making family comedies, but they are rarely about real families: relations who are as difficult as they are wonderful, people who both love and irritate the heck out of each other. Families like The Family Stone.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
December 15, 2005
A lump of coal brightened by four diamond-sharp performances.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 15, 2005
This is pleasing holiday fare that may stay with you through the first months of 2006.
Full Review | Original Score: B
December 15, 2005
Could we please declare a moratorium on funny-sad movies about dysfunctional families, especially families that come together for the holidays?
Full Review | Original Score: C
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.
December 15, 2005
As a comedy, The Family Stone is more easy listening than rock-and-roll, but some of the performances (notably from McAdams and Nelson) are comfortable and affecting.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
December 15, 2005
The Family Stone spends too much time on unconvincing romantic-comedy contrivances to be consistently engaging.
December 15, 2005
The Family Stone sorts out its characters admirably, depends on typecasting to help establish its characters more quickly, and finds a winding path between happy and sad secrets.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 15, 2005
The Family Stone aims to please, and lands precisely on so-so.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
December 15, 2005
What's striking and, to my bloodshot eye, welcome about this year's edition, The Family Stone, is the rather chic urbanity with which writer-director Thomas Bezucha serves up the old genre standby.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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.
Read More | Original Score: C+
December 14, 2005
Sarah Jessica Parker's nimble performance is reason alone to see this creaky fairy tale about a Manhattan executive marrying into an unhappy family.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
December 14, 2005
I love it dearly. I have seen it twice. I will see it again. If there is any hope for the longevity of movies, it will become an annual holiday classic.
December 13, 2005
A smart, tart but mildly undercooked Christmas pudding.
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.
December 5, 2005
A film that is staggeringly accurate, sometimes painfully accurate, in capturing the dynamic of a smart, funny, tightly knit family unit.
November 30, 2005
Writer-director Thomas Bezucha lays it on thick, but he knows the mad-dog anarchy of family life and gives the laughs a sharp comic edge.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4