The Family Stone Reviews

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July 7, 2010
The Family Stone works hard to warm the cockles of our hearts. The cast is attractive. The sentiments are commendable. But the love Bezucha wants us to feel for the family couldn't possibly compete with the love they already feel for themselves.
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.
December 16, 2005
Some will find it touching, some will be too weary of the plot contrivances and the smug Stone family to care.
December 16, 2005
A feel-bad holiday film about a repellent family, with a milquetoast dad and a smug, devious harpy of a mom.
December 16, 2005
This is one busy wannabe heart-tugger.
December 16, 2005
The Family Stone is a lot slyer than you might expect.
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.
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.
December 16, 2005
Good acting only goes so far to salvage a bad script.
December 16, 2005
A machine-tooled entertainment that's as fake and flimsy as a plastic Christmas tree.
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.
December 16, 2005
It plays almost like Terms of Endearment crossed with the feel-good yule romance Love Actually.
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.
December 16, 2005
What was supposed to be a jewel turns out to be a simple Christmas trinket.
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.
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.
December 16, 2005
The movie is a holiday romantic comedy that wants to put the holiday romantic comedy out of business.
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.
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