The Family Fang Reviews

February 21, 2017
A humorless, Debbie Downer of a dysfunctional family drama, all the more disappointing given its promising pedigree.
May 13, 2016
[The] attempted vulnerability feels somewhat hollow ... there's no side to take.
May 13, 2016
Too flaccid to fully invest.
May 6, 2016
Bateman knows his fractured family well, but "Fang" doesn't give him enough to chew on. The characters are all scarred, but the film doesn't leave a mark.
May 5, 2016
Bateman, the director, manages to bring out the two principals' anguish without resorting to sentimentality, until the unsatisfying last quarter of the film when things get gooey.
May 5, 2016
A key revelation in the mystery feels inserted for effect (no spoilers here) and the drama plays out at a pace that merely flirts with lethargy.
April 29, 2016
For approximately the millionth time Nicole Kidman proves she doesn't deserve her decade-plus box office poison period, even in the cases, like this, where a fantastic performance is stuck inside a piece that in no way deserves her.
April 29, 2016
While the cast keeps its head down and reaches for genuine emotion, the movie eventually manages to sentimentalize even what it sees as its own tough-mindedness.
April 29, 2016
Bateman's trademark misanthropy doesn't go anywhere, this time.
April 28, 2016
Merely "playing with concepts" doesn't quite add up to a film, and "The Family Fang," adapted from Kevin Wilson's novel, feels like an extended therapy session.
April 28, 2016
Bateman has made the kind of adaptation that unintentionally advertises its source material, as in: All of this must have worked so much better on the page.
April 17, 2016
There's real texture and emotional heft to the central relationship between the siblings, but that's thanks more to the actors than the script.
October 14, 2015
Bateman's stumble here is hopefully a temporary thing, as it's impossible to write the filmmaker off completely given the strength of his comparatively stellar debut feature.
September 15, 2015
Ultimately Bateman's latest adds little to a debate leant pithier insight by Larkin 44 years ago.