Instant Family Reviews

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February 22, 2020
It's embarrassing to watch Tig Notaro, Octavia Spencer, Julie Hagerty, and Joan Cusack struggle to find footing in this abyss.
February 17, 2019
Anders and his wife are parents to three adopted children, and there's a sense of verisimilitude and attention to detail regarding both the joys and the travails of foster care.
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.
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.
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.
February 13, 2019
Sean Anders' film begins bearably; becomes Hollywoodish; ends up as diabetes-grade comedy schmaltz.
January 11, 2019
Director Sean Anders...manages to maintain an upbeat tone without wholly glossing over some tricky, painful topics.
November 26, 2018
Instant Family isn't too schmalzy as a feel-good family movie, and it has a certain charm in its earnest appeal to tell a different story.
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 18, 2018
Instant Family has its heart in the right place within a genre that has set the bar low.
November 16, 2018
The laughs are sometimes silly, but often come as moments of relief that the family has made it through something tough. The emotional scenes - both happy and sad - are genuinely emotional. The dark moments are genuinely dark.
November 16, 2018
While the pace of Instant Family can be relentless, with the supporting cast and a whole lot of genuine authenticity, Anders hits that sweet-spot of hilarious and heartwarming.
Top Critic
November 16, 2018
Add up the ingredients and you get a mostly enjoyable dog-eared formula for escapist entertainment without critical perception.
November 16, 2018
"Instant Family's" heart is in the right place. It celebrates and honors the family unit, and at a time when many families are being torn apart, there's something to be said for a spirit of togetherness.
November 15, 2018
When it works, it's genuinely funny and moving. But when it doesn't, hoo boy, it's atrocious. But it mostly works. I think. Maybe.
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
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
Every hurt gets a balm applied real quick, the better to get to the next classic-rock-scored feel-good montage.
November 15, 2018
This is a funny-serious, family-friendly movie about a weighty subject, and somehow it works.
November 14, 2018
[It] looks, sounds, and sometimes acts like a dumb comedy. But stick with it, and you'll discover that Sean Anders' latest is an earnest, moving family drama that just happens to be kinda funny.
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