Instant Family Reviews

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June 19, 2019
mawkish and misjudged
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.
February 18, 2019
But for every modestly funny moment there is something over-shrill or lacking in taste.
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.
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.
February 13, 2019
Sean Anders' film begins bearably; becomes Hollywoodish; ends up as diabetes-grade comedy schmaltz.
February 8, 2019
Many of the story's serious aspects are glossed over, and what should be a dramatic moment is reduced to slapstick.
January 18, 2019
Instant Family is an unfunny, cynical, annoying and incredibly misjudged family comedy that not even the talented cast and good intentions can save.
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...
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 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.
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.
November 15, 2018
As good as the intentions of Instant Family may be, the movie itself is a muddle of incongruous tones...
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.
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.
November 15, 2018
The movie has amusing moments, but they feel prepackaged with everything but a sitcom laugh track.
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
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.
November 15, 2018
Every hurt gets a balm applied real quick, the better to get to the next classic-rock-scored feel-good montage.
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