The Family Reviews

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July 31, 2019
Michelle Pfeiffer and Robert De Niro... make the holes and troubles in the script forgivable.
April 9, 2019
This is a movie that just doesn't click, despite the best efforts of the cast and writer/director Luc Besson.
March 6, 2019
The Family casts the acting Goliath as a now all-too-familiar caricature of the parts that made his name. The result is a movie peppered with slapstick violence that plays at such a pitch as to nullify any of its possible potential.
November 6, 2018
Whatever it is, this movie doesn't have it. In fact there is only one word I can think of to describe it: unredeemable.
August 8, 2017
While it has its highlights, The Family limits our frame of reference to other movies, rather than anything resembling real life.
July 14, 2016
Those excited for the return of Besson to the action-comedy game likely will come away disappointed from this jumbled, visually bland effort.
June 27, 2016
Full of tone deaf humor and gratuitous violence, The Family marks a miscalculated step for an otherwise fine filmmaker.
April 18, 2016
As cinema, it's an interesting experiment. As a movie, it's a bloody mess.
April 10, 2016
For anyone willing to brave some tonal inconsistencies, its rewards are real.
April 28, 2015
The movie is a curious mess, but the cast is having a grand old time.
October 10, 2014
De Niro's deadpan humour suits a garden burial perfectly, but we just don't see enough of how we really want him to be.
August 10, 2014
Features a contender for worst subplot of the year.
June 15, 2014
A terrible waste of many wonderful talents in front of and behind the camera.
February 20, 2014
Could've been an inoffensive enough 90 minute feature, but the film insists on garbling the narrative with useless subplots that...bloat the movie beyond the breaking point.
January 6, 2014
It rattles along at a slick pace and the closing sequence is everything you could want from a closing crescendo.
December 27, 2013
American family, presumed obnoxious by French villagers, deals with problems by being obnoxiously, smugly violent. The daughter, when not beating people up, is a moist-eyed virgin eroticized by the camera, all her romantic aspirations cringingly mawkish.
December 24, 2013
As lifeless and dull as any of the characters whacked during this dramedy's bloated running time.
November 27, 2013
Unfortunately, The Family suffers from an extreme case of advanced tonal disorder.
November 24, 2013
Every time Luc Besson uses a bullet in a body as a punchline, a real joke somewhere out in the wild dies.
November 24, 2013
It's throwaway stuff, packed with corny gags about rich French cooking and annoying Gallic manners, in which light relief is offered by the sight of our hero torturing a plumber; think The Whole Nine Yards with cheese.
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