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 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.
January 6, 2014
It rattles along at a slick pace and the closing sequence is everything you could want from a closing crescendo.
November 21, 2013
[Besson] doesn't really find the right tone to hold all this together, but there's a certain frisson in watching De Niro's short-fused Giovanni explode... and you just know there's going to be an opportunity for Besson to go ballistic, too.
November 3, 2013
The Family unashamedly serves as a shrine to Goodfellas, pairs sharp, black comedy and violence but like the characters is in a state of existential crisis.
October 30, 2013
The Family is the version [of mobster films] that abandons all logic opting for a route that seems derived from a Loony Tunes episode.
October 3, 2013
I recommend The Family in the same way I might mint-flavored gum. It's not what you would hope for, but when choosing at random, you'd do worse a little more often than not.
September 26, 2013
Well cast and sharply directed by Besson, who also co-wrote the script, "The Family" flows easily for the first half.
September 26, 2013
Writer-director Luc Besson can do much better than this.
September 22, 2013
Beware of This Family
September 20, 2013
Great chemistry from the cast and the thrilling action made it entertaining for all.
September 15, 2013
Despite the excessive violence, this is an enjoyable film providing needed escapist entertainment, well directed by Besson with fine performances by all, especially Argon.
September 14, 2013
"Luc Besson has done the seemingly impossible. He's resuscitated the corpse of Robert De Niro's career."
September 14, 2013
I guess when we get down to it, Pfeiffer's performance is what nudges The Family into the "recommended" category. Barely.
September 13, 2013
This is a deliberately off-kilter, cheerfully violent, hit-and-miss effort with just enough moments of inspiration to warrant a recommendation.
September 13, 2013
[De Niro]'s been down this road so many times now it's a wonder he isn't hiring himself out for lucrative guest spots doing stand-up for rich children at Goodfellas-themed Chuck E. Cheese birthday parties.
September 13, 2013
The Family offers a solid blend of dark satire, social commentary, off-beat humor, quirky aesthetics, and a decent (albeit unremarkable) amount of substance.
September 13, 2013
Equal parts mean and adorable, and if you can accept that those attitudes aren't mutually exclusive, you'll find it to be one of the better comedies of the year.
September 13, 2013
The Family is a pretty uneven film, lurching from comedy to violence to sentiment, but it's best when it sticks in the realm of flat-out farce.
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