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Instant Family Reviews

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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+
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
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
December 13, 2018
It's an incredibly thin premise that's clumsily (and infuriatingly) stretched out to fill an often interminable 118 minute (!) running time...
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
November 15, 2018
As good as the intentions of Instant Family may be, the movie itself is a muddle of incongruous tones...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 15, 2018
Every hurt gets a balm applied real quick, the better to get to the next classic-rock-scored feel-good montage.
November 14, 2018
Provides a stunningly sincere and touchingly funny perspective on the joys, challenges, and pitfalls of foster parenting and adoption. A perfect family film about the power of dedication, mixed in with easy physical humor
Full Review | Original Score: B+
November 15, 2018
With Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne's comedic chemistry leading the way, "Family" finds its stride early and avoids any major stumbles -- making it a nice option for families this holiday season.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
November 17, 2018
While it's being an amiable comedy, it's preparing to get you right in the feels by the end.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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