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Instant Family Reviews

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February 15, 2019
I was surprisingly taken by it.
February 15, 2019
The ending is hardly revolutionary, but there are some satisfying twists along the way and a cast of characters whose fate you find yourself caring about.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 15, 2019
Wahlberg's comic timing is exceptional, and Byrne -- the perfect sparring partner -- brings out the best in him.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 15, 2019
It's a very well-acted display, and you know something else? It's far better than we had any right to expect. A feel-good movie for everyone? Oh, go on, then.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 15, 2019
Anders attempts to distil the myriad complexities of adoption into a two-hour slab of entertainment. Whether that's a worthy objective or not, it's not an easy one. Unsurprisingly, he fails.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
February 15, 2019
If it can't entirely banish the spectre of 12A-rated blandness from its doorstep, Instant Family retains the obvious appeal of watching basically nice people attempt a fundamentally decent thing for a few hours.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 15, 2019
Moving, endearing and entertaining. This is a far more thoughtful and accomplished family comedy than expected.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 14, 2019
Effective Hallmark sentiment, some terrific darkly humorous banter from Octavia Spencer and Tig Notaro's case workers, and a grand lump-in-the-throat finale that salutes foster carers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 14, 2019
The film is boosted immeasurably by Byrne and Wahlberg, who make a snappily appealing comic pair and bounce off each other well in the film's many fraught parenting moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 13, 2019
Sean Anders' film begins bearably; becomes Hollywoodish; ends up as diabetes-grade comedy schmaltz.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
February 12, 2019
Don't expect any real grit, though: the Hollywood ending slips down as easily as warm chocolate sauce.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 12, 2019
The movie is still well worth a look for the solid performances and a textured exploration of an important issue.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 12, 2019
For all its formula, Instant Family is a winning confection, unafraid to go to unexpected dramatic places and elevated by Byrne's gift as a comedy foil and Moner's lively but subtle turn.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 11, 2019
A funny, weepy, big ol' hug of a comedic drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
February 11, 2019
A feel-good comedy drama that squeezes laughs and sentiment from its fostering theme.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 8, 2019
Very likeable, truth-based comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 7, 2019
Many of the story's serious aspects are glossed over, and what should be a dramatic moment is reduced to slapstick.
February 5, 2019
It's no Parenthood. It's tonally messy. But Instant Family's made with excellent intentions and chunks of it work.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 29, 2019
Instant Family manages to balance its two types of comedy that are, in theory, contradicting. [Full Review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 28, 2019
The chemistry between Mark Whalberg and Rose Byrne is highly praiseworthy. [Full review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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