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Tyler Perry's The Family that Preys treads the filmmaker's established terrain of family loyalty and moral uprightness, though the occasionally predictable plot slides forward, aided by an excess of soapy melodrama. Read critic reviews

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Despite their differences in social class, Charlotte (Kathy Bates) and Alice (Alfre Woodard) are good friends for many years. Then secrets, greed and scandal surrounding both their families throw the women's lives into turmoil. Charlotte and Alice set out on a road trip across the country, hoping to gain perspective and save the situation from ruin.

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Critic Reviews for Tyler Perry's the Family That Preys

All Critics (43) | Top Critics (17) | Fresh (23) | Rotten (20)

  • Though the movie at times flowed like a soap opera with its dramatic turns and pregnant pauses, it kept your attention.

    September 12, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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    February 18, 2012 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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    November 17, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • It has Tyler Perry's trademark trio: sincerity, spirituality, and story. And if he passes on that other "s" -- subtlety -- that's all right.

    September 19, 2008 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
  • While it's wonderful to see actresses as shamefully underemployed as Woodard and Bates on the big screen, even they can't make sense of [these] incoherent characters.

    September 15, 2008 | Rating: C+
  • The Family that Preys shows grand advances in the filmmaking education of playwright-turned-filmmaker Tyler Perry. It's also his soapiest film yet, an overwrought melodrama of sibling rivalry, infidelity, family business power plays and terminal illness.

    September 15, 2008 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Tyler Perry's the Family That Preys

  • Oct 14, 2010
    Put Kathy Bates and Alfre Woodard in a movie together and how can you go wrong?? Can't in my opinion. This is a really good drama. Tyler Perry really seems to have a gift in creating entertaining and memorable movies. This is one of them.
    Cynthia S Super Reviewer
  • Jun 06, 2010
    This is a touching story of love, deceit, friendship and compassion where all the evil doers get theirs and the good people triumph. Kathy Bates (Charlotte Cartwright) and Alfre Woodard(Alice Pratt) both gave two of the best performances in this film. Once again Tyler Perry does what he does best; not only dealing with black and white but just people in general and a lot of actual things that happens in the corporate world. The title was purposefully chosen to be ?The Family that Preys?. The story line, referring to backstabbing, down and dirty, dysfunctional family dynamics where people sometimes prey together upon others and sometimes they prey individually on each other.
    Deb S Super Reviewer
  • Feb 20, 2010
    As always, Tyler Perry's movies deliver great performance and very entertaining plots of real life drama.
    Yinalí R Super Reviewer
  • Dec 31, 2009
    Good film, good performances. Tyler Perry is evolving as a filmmaker, this is his second best film [his best is Why Did I Get Married?].
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