The Addams Family

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The Addams Family's starry voice cast and eye-catching animation aren't enough to outweigh its saccharine handling of the delightfully dark source material.

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Members of the mysterious and spooky Addams family -- Gomez, Morticia, Pugsley, Wednesday, Uncle Fester and Grandma -- are readily preparing for a visit from their even creepier relatives. But trouble soon arises when shady TV personality Margaux Needler realizes that the Addams' eerie hilltop mansion is standing in the way of her dream to sell all the houses in the neighborhood.

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Oscar Isaac
Gomez Addams
Voice
Charlize Theron
Morticia Addams
Voice
Chloë Grace Moretz
Wednesday Addams
Voice
Finn Wolfhard
Pugsley Addams
Voice
Nick Kroll
Uncle Fester
Voice
Bette Midler
Grandma
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Allison Janney
Margaux Needler
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Martin Short
Grandpa Frump
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Catherine O'Hara
Grandma Frump
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Matt Lieberman
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Kevin Miserocchi
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Andrew Mittman
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Joe Earley
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  • The animation is sharp, right down to Lurch's fingernails. The music is well-placed. The famous theme song pops up now and then but is not overdone.

    December 24, 2019 | Full Review…
  • This 2019 CGI remake misses the mark in the most crucial element of what has sustained The Addams Family all this time - its offbeat, macabre vibe. If you don't get that, you're really not going to get any of it.

    December 18, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

    Wenlei Ma

    News.com.au
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  • It's tedious but, worse, it's wasteful. The wealth of talent that has gone into its making has been frittered away in a vain attempt to pump new heart into a creation that ran out of puff long ago.

    December 4, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Don't expect any of the wit or charm of the 1960s TV show or Barry Sonnenfeld's big-screen adaptations. Monstrous. But not in kooky, spooky way.

    November 8, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Tara Brady

    Irish Times
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  • Lacking a visually pleasing animation style and or a unique story, The Addams Family is less kooky and ooky than eh, okay.

    October 31, 2019 | Full Review…

    Roxana Hadadi

    Pajiba
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  • Sure, The Addams Family may not reach the ghoulish heights of its predecessors, but the key ingredients are still thankfully there.

    October 30, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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  • Sep 15, 2020
    Hotel Transylva…err The Addams Family is a derivative and uninspired family comedy. After being driven from their home by an angry mob Gomez and Morticia Addams make a new home in an abandoned asylum, but when a realtor builds a planned community next door the Addams are once again threatened by an angry mob. Featuring the voice talents of Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, Chloë Grace Moretz, and Finn Wolfhard, the film has a pretty solid cast. The script however is incredibly poor; hitting every trope and cliché in the book. And its message couldn't be more heavy-handed (the planned community's called Assimilation for crying out loud). Also, the animation isn't very good, as it's rather generic and unimaginative. A lackluster effort to resurrect the series, The Addams Family lacks the wicked humor and macabre charm of the previous films.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 21, 2020
    In 1938 Charles Addams created a cartoon family that would become his legacy. The Addams family was a satirical inversion of your typical American family of the time. The all American family was seen a certain way and this was Addams twisted view on the matter. Addams macabre little family of ghouls, misfits, and monsters has since gone on to become a staple of American pop culture alongside the similarly themed Munster Family with cartoons, TV series, and movies. This 2019 animated movie is apparently a reboot of the classic 1991 movie. The plot is unfortunately you're average affair which has been played out many many many times before (including the 1993 film 'Addams Family Values' and the basis for the entire 1992 animated series). The Addams move into their new home (I'll get to that) and go about their daily strange lives. All the while Gomez and Morticia are keeping Pugsley and Wednesday unaware of the small local town nearby. Their reason is they know they will come across as weird outcasts to the 'normies' and they don't want Pugsley or Wednesday to deal with it. As expected Wednesday does eventually discover the outside world and wants to explore it after meeting another local girl her own age. As expected Morticia is firmly against this but struggles to keep Wednesday from exploring. Meanwhile in the town there is an obsessive reality TV host who is wanting to turn the local town into the perfect community; as expected the Addams are getting the way of her vision. Her solution? Get rid of the Addams family. So firstly as already mentioned, at the start of this movie we see Gomez and Morticia before they are married. We also see how they get the mansion and how they meet Lurch. None of this satisfied me in the slightest. Allow me to elaborate. Firstly where does Morticia live at the very start? It appears as though she's living in the sewers? Eh?? Where is this located? It kinda looks like a period set village. Secondly, after the newlyweds are run out of whatever town they live in, they reach an abandoned loony bin. This asylum becomes their new home, the Addams mansion. I hated this! Surely in Addams lore the mansion has been the family home for generations of Addams before Gomez and Morticia, right? But here they just stumble upon it and basically take it? Does this mean the Addams family are swatting in this abandoned asylum? I mean, they haven't bought it, surely it belongs to the state (?). This leads me to the introduction of Lurch. Gomez hits Lurch with his car just before they find the abandoned asylum. Turns out Lurch is an ex-patient of the asylum and is somehow just wondering around in the wild. So how did Lurch get into this situation? What happened to the asylum? Why wasn't Lurch switched to another asylum with the other patients? (I'm guessing that's what happened). This also leads me to query Lurch's mental state seeing as he's a patient. He isn't working for the Addams by choice per se, it happened by accident and mentally he's not stable. So with the proper help, he could get well again and this could mean he wouldn't want to be a butler for the Addams. So if you wanna be technical and picky, this plotline basically has a mentally sick person being abused for the Addams gain, almost slavery. They should have just stuck to the original storyline. Indeed the opening of the movie does lend itself to many questions as I've mentioned. I really didn't like how they handled it because I was left yearning to know more about the origins of the family. Where does Gomez hale from? What was Morticia doing in the sewers? What about the other Addams family members etc...Ripe for a prequel. Alas I really don't like the way they went with the origins for the mansion and Lurch. Also the fact they wanted to live somewhere dangerous and away from people who don't understand them, so they chose New Jersey. Yeah I know its a joke but obviously there are far better, more isolated places they could have gone. I do like how the characters now resemble the original comic strips from Charles Addams from back in 1938. Neat touch although not entirely necessary to be truthful. As the two 90's movies proved the characters can be highly successful not looking exactly the same. I say this because I've never been a fan of the original look for Gomez. I loved how Morticia seemed to be portrayed as a bit of a gothic slut at the start of the movie with her black knee-high boots, black mini skirt, and black tight-fitting corset. Nice to see the Addams pet octopus (now named Socrates) make an appearance. Oscar Isaac did a great job with Gomez's voice and actually sounded like the late Raul Julia (unsure if that was intentional). But I would have liked to have seen a bit more of Uncle Fester. Must admit I didn't like some of the designs for other Addams family members. I had been looking forward to this movie ever since I heard about it (I'm a huge Addams fan). And whilst I'm not totally disappointed, this wasn't quite as good as I was hoping for. Visually its gorgeous no doubt. I love how the mansion looks both exterior and interior (would have liked to see more of that really. Mores secret passages etc...) Would have liked to see more of the Addams estate too, the grounds around the house. As said the plot is a bit deary and unoriginal leading to screentime with 'regular characters' which, for me, were the boring parts because I just wanted to see the Addams getting up to spooky hijinks. Yes it's for kids but not overtly so, there are some nice tiny touches here and there that will make older folks smile. The small 'IT' gag was appreciated. A quick exorcist visual reference and a clever and quite adult-themed visual gag surrounding Thing being online was amusing. So yeah its solid but I hated what they did with Lurch and the mansion origins, can't get past that. Oh and the rap song over the end credits is nowhere near as good as MC Hammer's 'Addams Groove'.
    Phil H Super Reviewer
  • Jan 17, 2020
    Probably the worst Addams Family adaptation, of the ones that I've seen. When I say worst, I don't mean least faithful to the source material, I just mean, the one I personally enjoyed the least. There was still some stuff to like though, and I think if this animated version got a sequel I'd be willing to give it a chance.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 04, 2020
    Re-tooled for the times, sanitized, homogenized, Disney-fied, Invasion of the Body Snatched, this version of Charles Addams' dark family on the edge of town is ready for its wax museum photo op, all of the blood removed. The fault is not with the art talent, because that is spot on. Nor does the blame lie with the voice talent. No, this is a management decision to dig up poor Mr. Addams and wrest his nuts from him, whitewashing his creation beyond recognition, and more so than the Munsters attempted to do. Succeeding generations will sadly not be aware that the spice as well as the meat has been removed from this vegan sandwich. Sad.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer

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