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In the Family Reviews

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
December 7, 2012
To see it is to sit there for long stretches amazed at how clumsy, fake and misguided it is. But then, five minutes later you might easily be riveted and moved by its awkward brilliance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Paul Brunick
New York Times
November 3, 2011
Mr. Wang's slow-reveal psychological drama isn't just a showcase for his excellent ensemble cast. Beautifully modulated and stylistically sui generis, "In the Family" is also one of the most accomplished and undersold directorial debuts this year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 19, 2012
What a courageous first feature this is, a film that sidesteps shopworn stereotypes and tells a quiet, firm, deeply humanist story about doing the right thing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Andrew Schenker
Village Voice
November 1, 2011
With an incisive understanding of character, believably naturalistic acting, and lengthy scenes that don't feel stretched out, In the Family proves that smart direction and an innate feeling for one's material trumps potentially precious subject matter.
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest
November 18, 2012
(Writer-director Patrick) Wang's deliberate, naturalistic style proves to be both a strength and a weakness. In the final analysis, the overall timeliness of Wang's storyline as well as the film's lack of sentimentality is of considerable value.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Richard Knight
Knight at the Movies
July 15, 2012
Wang's unforced, contemplative approach seems like the perfect way to underline his message.
Mark R. Leeper
Mark Leeper's Reviews
November 9, 2012
Will remind viewers of the emotional tugs of a KRAMER VS. KRAMER.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
July 6, 2012
In the Family says very little and moves hardly at all, but it captures invisible rhythms in our lives as human beings that very few American movies ever get close to.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Rob Humanick
Slant Magazine
November 23, 2011
An acutely felt, altogether devastating family drama as intimate and affecting as it is sprawling and untamed.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Bruce Demara
Toronto Star
May 31, 2012
Wang chooses gentle storytelling as a tool of persuasion rather than soap-box hectoring to make his point: that love - in all its forms - can transcend the greatest obstacles.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Christopher Null
Film Racket
July 23, 2013
an amazing piece of work, a quiet, introspective indie film that will have you rethinking everything
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Guy Dixon
Globe and Mail
June 1, 2012
As Wang holds us in rapt attention, not only with his steady pacing, but with the hard realism of the screenplay, the characters retain a coldness that never breaks.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
November 3, 2011
A serious and meditative film about loss, mourning, and the changes that come with them.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
November 13, 2012
No doubt you've noticed the nearly three-hour runtime, but please don't let that dissuade you: Every moment counts in this gripping tale ...
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
Brian Juergens
June 22, 2012
More than just a carefully-crafted exercise in naturalism and restraint - Family is a beautiful, bold, and staggeringly moving film.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
August 8, 2013
On paper, In the Family is an 'issue movie'...But in practice, it's a made-to-scale love story and a thoughtful family drama. In other words, it's a true rarity of contemporary cinema. [Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
May 3, 2012
These days, a movie so invested in the highs and lows of caring for others can only be a remarkable, cherished thing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
April 18, 2012
Patrick Wang's moving debut feature appropriates the story arc of a courtroom drama, but the law turns out to be less pivotal than such old-fashioned ideas as fairness and decency.
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Marsha McCreadie
Village Voice
November 13, 2012
Trevor St. John is cute and broody-mouthed as the deceased lover; Wang, the movie's writer-director, is touchingly, disarmingly open; and the kid, Sebastian Banes, is adorable.
David Noh
Film Journal International
November 3, 2011
Ultimately worthwhile tale of a gay custody battle: important, rewarding viewing, but marred by directorial indulgence and excessive length.
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