The Family Reviews

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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.
November 21, 2013
The collateral damage involving innocent bystanders is staggering. Just mind you don't get caught in the crossfire.
November 21, 2013
A disgraced mob family are sent on a Euro vacation in this weak wiseguy satire with Robert De Niro.
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
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.
September 13, 2013
A movie with a PG brain and a NC-17 body count, unsuitable for audiences of any age.
September 13, 2013
An all-star cast fails to rise above bloody japes and heavy-handed humor in this tale of a renegade Mob family hiding in a small French town.
September 13, 2013
A black comedy that doesn't begin to jell but has a sweetheart of a cast and the odd diverting moment.
September 13, 2013
The casting of Robert De Niro as an ex-Mafioso hiding in witness protection is witty in only the silliest, most superficial way. It's a joke with its own tinny, built-in laugh track.
September 13, 2013
The Family is a film at once strange and intriguing. It can't seem to settle on a tone.
September 13, 2013
The film isn't worthy of De Niro's stature, in the gangster sub-genre or otherwise.
September 12, 2013
A love letter to Scorsese constructed with all the grace of Mr. Bean.
September 12, 2013
If cultural treason were a capital offense, "The Family" director Luc Besson would be on death row.
September 12, 2013
"The Family" does have its entertaining moments. But anyone who thinks it's a real knee-slapper needs therapy. Stat.
September 12, 2013
It doesn't even try for basic credibility. But buoyed by hot performances, it sustains a zapping electrical energy.
September 12, 2013
Curiously airless, weightless and tonally uncertain, Luc Besson's mafia comedy falls flat.
September 12, 2013
Besson's history is one of making crowd-pleasing entertainment and The Family is no different.
September 12, 2013
Not known for subtlety, Besson gets the expected laughs, and then some.
September 12, 2013
Remember when Robert De Niro was an interesting actor? These days his talent, like his character in "The Family," is in the witness protection program, never to be seen again.
September 12, 2013
The Blakes think they're vigilantes, but in most other movies they'd be the bad guys.
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