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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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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.
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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
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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
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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
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
May 5, 2012
This deeply humanistic, profoundly touching work representing independent cinema at its finest should be seen by far wider audiences.
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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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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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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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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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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.