The Family Reviews

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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-
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
David Blaustein
ABC News Radio
September 13, 2013
Well, if you're going to continue to exploit a tired Mafia stereotype, you might as well do it with the best.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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
Top Critic
Sherrie Li
Village Voice
September 12, 2013
There are some great moments sprinkled throughout. But overall, these elements never seem to come together in the same harmonious way that this family does with each other.
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
Jack Giroux
Film School Rejects
August 10, 2014
Features a contender for worst subplot of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Kristal Cooper
We Got This Covered
September 12, 2013
A misfire from start to finish, The Family is unfunny, plodding and kind of depressing. Can someone take a hit out on it, please?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/10
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
Eddie Harrison
The List
November 21, 2013
A lively premise and darkly humorous tone give way to predictable action and a dull finale.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Matt Patches
Film.com
September 12, 2013
A love letter to Scorsese constructed with all the grace of Mr. Bean.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.1/10
Neil Pond
American Profile
September 20, 2013
A strange mash-up of a vicious mob yarn squeezed into a foul-mouthed, movie-length sitcom.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Michael Nordine
Willamette Week
September 18, 2013
Quite literally self-parody--only without the self-awareness of Analyze This.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Mathew DeKinder
Suburban Journals of St. Louis
September 13, 2013
Not that I'm opposed to some good ol' shoot-em-up violence, it's just hard to get your bearings as 'The Family' shifts frantically back and forth between giggles and gasps.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Joshua Starnes
ComingSoon.net
September 20, 2013
The Family is filled with Besson's signature visual wit, boasting occasionally sharp satire aimed equally at both sides of the Atlantic, but he lets us down in the end through the deadly combination of broad characters and a rambling narrative.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.5/10
Jesse Cataldo
Slant Magazine
September 12, 2013
A film whose only distinguishing characteristic is how big a mess it makes of its already meager ambitions.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Top Critic
Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
September 12, 2013
The Blakes think they're vigilantes, but in most other movies they'd be the bad guys.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
September 12, 2013
Director Luc Besson knows violence -- comedy? Not so much.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
JimmyO
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
September 13, 2013
Predictable, dull and chaotic, THE FAMILY is one of the least funny comedies of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/10
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