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Instant Family Reviews

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February 7, 2019
Many of the story's serious aspects are glossed over, and what should be a dramatic moment is reduced to slapstick.
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 17, 2019
Instant Family is an unfunny, cynical, annoying and incredibly misjudged family comedy that not even the talented cast and good intentions can save.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 15, 2018
You want to raise awareness about children in foster care? Then don't make offensively shallow jokes about it and expect audiences to eat it up for sentimental value.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
November 16, 2018
Neither families nor films behave like instant soup. One cannot simply combine the ingredients, stir, and expect a delicious outcome. Instant Family provides the evidence for this on both fronts.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 18, 2018
There's genuine heart and feeling scattered throughout Instant Family, enough to make one wish it would stick to a consistent tone without being repeatedly undercut with forced gags.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 14, 2018
It's a little too manipulative to be a truly honest portrayal of family.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 29, 2018
[The film] tries to be realistic while living in an ideal world, free of economic worries, with a huge house and 4x4. [Full review in Spanish]
November 14, 2018
Instant Family is too cute or too stupid or too predictable to be anything more than a middling Hallmark card stretched out to a feature film that belongs at a Christmas party sleepover in Connecticut.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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
November 14, 2018
Too well-meaning and sincere to truly dislike, but too frictionless and manufactured to do right by the complicated scenario.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
November 15, 2018
Both the parents and the kids are completely insufferable and unsympathetic, and their moments of bonding and joy are as unconvincing as the strained moments of wacky comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 15, 2018
It's a shame that "Instant Family" reduces the complexity, pain and joy of parenthood to a multiplex-palatable family comedy. The real story is probably far more interesting ... and hopefully funnier.
November 15, 2018
Instant Family has heart and good intentions. It's a shame the journey is such a bumpy ride as it takes us all over the map.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 14, 2018
Has slices of genuine behavior, but it could use a whole lot more sincerity, finding too much of the screenwriting devoted to slapstick and hoary misunderstandings.
Full Review | Original Score: C
November 15, 2018
The movie has amusing moments, but they feel prepackaged with everything but a sitcom laugh track.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
February 13, 2019
Sean Anders' film begins bearably; becomes Hollywoodish; ends up as diabetes-grade comedy schmaltz.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
February 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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 14, 2018
It's no fun picking on a movie that was obviously made for so many good reasons. But it's even less fun sitting through it.
November 14, 2018
Humor is subjective, of course, but the film offers this litmus test: do you laugh when a sane adult finally slaps Ellie ('You listen to me, you crazy woman!') and when another slaps cuffs on Pete? Or do you cheer?
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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