Reviews

Jul 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.
Apr 1, 2006
Jan 5, 2006
I can't deny the incidental pleasures of watching these talented players giving it their all, even in such a misguided project.
Dec 21, 2005
Like the character of Meredith, the film's bravado cannot mask a messy soul but should be given respect for showing up and sticking it out.
Dec 18, 2005
There are just too many damn characters, with the best ones taking a backseat to the dullish love quadrangle.
Dec 17, 2005
It's worth two hours for those who appreciate this kind of workmanlike, low-risk drama.
Dec 16, 2005
Some will find it touching, some will be too weary of the plot contrivances and the smug Stone family to care.
Dec 16, 2005
A feel-bad holiday film about a repellent family, with a milquetoast dad and a smug, devious harpy of a mom.
Dec 16, 2005
This is one busy wannabe heart-tugger.
Dec 16, 2005
The Family Stone is a lot slyer than you might expect.
Dec 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.
Dec 16, 2005
It's movie comfort food - - a few good laughs, a few winks of recognition, a few tears.
Dec 16, 2005
The Family Stone is a satisfying, big-hearted celebration of diversity that will brighten holiday moviegoing - - at least in the blue states.
Dec 16, 2005
Good acting only goes so far to salvage a bad script.
Dec 16, 2005
A machine-tooled entertainment that's as fake and flimsy as a plastic Christmas tree.
Dec 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.
Dec 16, 2005
It plays almost like Terms of Endearment crossed with the feel-good yule romance Love Actually.
Dec 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.
Dec 16, 2005
What was supposed to be a jewel turns out to be a simple Christmas trinket.
Dec 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.