Instant Family Reviews

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August 27, 2019
This is a cute family film for the holidays.
August 23, 2019
I enjoyed the heck out of Instant Family.
July 12, 2019
Instant Family is a feel-good film during the holiday season and one that should be seen by everyone as it might just start a much-needed dialogue.
July 7, 2019
Despite warnings from their counsellors, wannabe parents Pete and Ellie Wagner are fathoms out of their depth with the defence mechanisms of foster-system children.
June 19, 2019
mawkish and misjudged
May 15, 2019
Instant Family brings the frank discussion about the trials of parenting and foster to the forefront of this genuinely funny and sincere production.
May 6, 2019
Thanks to strong performances, an incisive script and smart direction, Instant Family is a sweet, touching and endearing movie.
May 1, 2019
This is far less of an exaggerated comedy than it appears, and I dare say you'll be well rewarded with genuine family entertainment that doesn't talk down to its intended audience
April 11, 2019
For the most part, Anders does a fairly good job tugging at the heartstrings while trying to navigate a complicated topic...
March 20, 2019
A kindhearted but thoughtless film that contains some troubling metaphors and doubles as a huge PR stunt for National CASA, an organization that would have been better served by simply throwing Mark Wahlberg in an actual commercial.
March 9, 2019
There's instant gratification to be found with Instant Family, an earnest film whose generosity of spirit enables it to smooth over the rough patches.
March 5, 2019
Anders' semi-autobiographical comedy is the perfect blend of humour and heart. The strong chemistry among the cast allows this makeshift family to feel authentic.
March 5, 2019
The film does touch on the difficult, testing and heart-breaking moments of having an instant family
March 1, 2019
It's a sweet if stumbling film, though it hints at Anders' emotional intelligence. If he trusted himself to let that shine onscreen, it could be a game-changer.
February 28, 2019
It's not out of this world and yet, it is a welcome surprise. [Full Review in Spanish]
February 21, 2019
But that's Instant Family, a film that comes with all its flaws easy to see and just as easy to forgive.
February 18, 2019
But for every modestly funny moment there is something over-shrill or lacking in taste.
February 18, 2019
Lumps form in the throat and attention is held as Anders treats the issue with the dignity it deserves, even if the odd lashing of mawkishness gets through.
February 18, 2019
Even though this rare hint of conviction in a Hollywood family comedy is quite refreshing, it's still accompanied by the genre's usual stuffing: lame jokes, schmaltzy emotions and a ridiculously perfect house.
February 18, 2019
Veering wildly between ribald jokes, serious discussions about child abuse and scenes of saccharine sentimentality, the whole thing falls flatter than a Joanna Lumley BAFTA monologue.
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