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It Runs in the Family Reviews

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Top Critic
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
April 25, 2003
A messy movie about the messiness that family life often involves.
| Original Score: 2/5
Tyler Hanley
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003
Endearing moments battle with forced melodrama to produce a muddled family portrait both tiresome and tender.
| Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 25, 2003
The movie deals with these touchy subjects, and others, but in a plot so jammed with events, disputes, tragedies and revelations that the most serious matters don't seem to receive enough attention.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
April 24, 2003
Not even Hello! magazine is going to want to take unauthorized snaps of this particular Douglas family event.
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
April 24, 2003
You keep hoping for this movie to be better than it is. But it never is.
| Original Score: C
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 24, 2010
Disappointing story of a dysfunctional family.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Larry Carroll
April 28, 2003
Five years from now this will be remembered as the most expensive home movie ever made by a family. The DVD will look great on the Douglas family shelf - but God knows it won't be on anybody else's.
Full Review | Original Score: F
Todd Gilchrist
May 30, 2003
. . . few audience members will find something in the mélange of clichéd and clever ideas that doesn't personally resonate at some level. It Runs In the Family knows the words, but not the music. . .
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
June 15, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Eric D. Snider
May 3, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Brian Orndorf
May 2, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 0/10
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
December 1, 2003
Like those family albums you take out of the drawer every so often...a collection of fairly bland scenes that mean a lot more to the people in the picture than anyone else.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
April 29, 2003
They must have made an intimidating pair because all during production no one had the courage to tell them that It Runs in the Family stinks.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Frank Ochieng
April 27, 2003
It's too bad that the talented Douglases had to make this syrupy saga an artistic family affair to remember-or in this case one to quickly forget.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/4
Danny Minton
KBTV-NBC (Beaumont, TX)
April 22, 2003
Pure bland.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Erik Childress
April 24, 2003
'I never want to see you again' ranks amongst the top three lines that perfectly describe Jesse Wigutow's screenplay. The other two being 'Could you possibly be more unappealing?' and 'You didn't exactly set the bar all that high.'
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Susan Granger
April 25, 2003
While this dysfunctional family drama has an interesting casting gimmick, it's sadly sentimental and ultimately frustrating. "Growing up isn't easy at any age" but this never approaches "On Golden Pond."
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Dan Lybarger
Kansas City Star
April 25, 2003
When the same surname keeps appearing during the opening credits, it's usually a bad sign.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 2, 2003
'Tiene el grave defecto de un guión mal estructurado, que desaprovecha el talento de los protagonistas con diálogos poco creíbles y algunas situaciones forzadas'
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
October 21, 2003
For what passes as a story, it's bickering and sniping, followed by outright hostility.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
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