The Family Reviews

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Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
April 28, 2015
The movie is a curious mess, but the cast is having a grand old time.
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jack Giroux
Film School Rejects
August 10, 2014
Features a contender for worst subplot of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
June 15, 2014
A terrible waste of many wonderful talents in front of and behind the camera.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Christopher Runyon
Movie Mezzanine
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Liam Nicholls
Fan The Fire
January 6, 2014
It rattles along at a slick pace and the closing sequence is everything you could want from a closing crescendo.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
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.
John Hanlon
Big Hollywood
December 24, 2013
As lifeless and dull as any of the characters whacked during this dramedy's bloated running time.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/5
Donald Clarke
Irish Times
November 27, 2013
Unfortunately, The Family suffers from an extreme case of advanced tonal disorder.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Ali Gray
TheShiznit.co.uk
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Mark Kermode
Observer [UK]
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Charlotte O'Sullivan
This is London
November 22, 2013
Clearly, De Niro is happy to cannibalise his glorious past, but for those of us who love him, it's like sucking on old bones.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]
November 22, 2013
Their fish-out-of-water antics leave a nasty taste in the mouth rather than a smile on the face.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Graham Young
Birmingham Post
November 22, 2013
Besson has made a career out of a willingness to experiment but The Family's tonal variations jar.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express
November 21, 2013
It's horribly violent, the family are appalling, it's never believable and far too long.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Catherine Shoard
Guardian
November 21, 2013
The collateral damage involving innocent bystanders is staggering. Just mind you don't get caught in the crossfire.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Antonia Quirke
Financial Times
November 21, 2013
There was a time when De Niro seemed so ungraspable, so brilliant, it was as if he had some secret access to acting that nobody else could fully understand. Maybe in the end we asked too much of him.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Tabi Jackson Gee
Little White Lies
November 21, 2013
A disgraced mob family are sent on a Euro vacation in this weak wiseguy satire with Robert De Niro.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 21, 2013
An unimaginative and humourless dark comedy from French director Luc Besson, starring Robert De Niro who appears to be phoning his lines in.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
John Nugent
Sky Movies
November 21, 2013
Besson strikes a jarring tone between crime and comedy; a soundtrack of irritatingly 'wacky' accordion music prescribes a comic mood rarely met by laughter.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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