The Family Stone Reviews

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December 15, 2005
The movie's warmth is contagious. Too bad its humor isn't.
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.
December 15, 2005
A lump of coal brightened by four diamond-sharp performances.
December 15, 2005
This is pleasing holiday fare that may stay with you through the first months of 2006.
December 15, 2005
Could we please declare a moratorium on funny-sad movies about dysfunctional families, especially families that come together for the holidays?
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.
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.
December 15, 2005
The Family Stone aims to please, and lands precisely on so-so.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Top Critic
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 13, 2005
Despite its flaws, The Family Stone sparkles bright with originality.
December 5, 2005
A film that is staggeringly accurate, sometimes painfully accurate, in capturing the dynamic of a smart, funny, tightly knit family unit.
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