The Family Fang Reviews

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September 27, 2017
The Fangs may be an odder family than most, but the damage they inflict is a matter of attitude.
November 30, 2016
No masterpiece, certainly, but substantially more interesting than comparable productions such as Captain Fantastic.
May 12, 2016
Bateman and Nicole Kidman, too old to convincingly pull off this sibling pair, would have fared better as the parents.
May 6, 2016
"The Family Fang" is kind of messy but also fun and touching; it's a definite step forward for Bateman as a director ...
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
It's heavy stuff, served with a light touch.
May 5, 2016
Fang is directed by Bateman with a sensitivity that the story's sour whimsy doesn't quite deserve.
May 5, 2016
Even when The Family Fang stretches credulity, we stay with it. Bateman knows how to tell a story.
May 5, 2016
The Fang's eccentric pranks are enough to give the movie a fresh and amusing twist on the typical family drama about the psychic wounds of childhood, and the lengths to which kids will go in seeking their parents' approval.
May 5, 2016
Compelling and weird ...
May 5, 2016
Bateman has been on the edge of a breakthrough, making especially engaging impressions in "Juno" and "Arrested Development," but this may be his first behind-the-cameras knockout.
Top Critic
May 5, 2016
There's nothing predictable about any of the angles, and Mr. Abaire's script reveals a surprise around every corner.
April 29, 2016
Bateman tackles a more subtle blend of comedy and drama with mixed results, but plenty of tonal intrigue. His quest to become a serious filmmaker continues to show potential.
April 29, 2016
It successfully manages the difficult transition from loopy to tragic to uplifting.
April 29, 2016
Jason Bateman has an affinity for directing. He and Kidman make a potent team in a provocative film that questions the limits of art in a world that forgets to be human.
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 28, 2016
Smart modern literary adaptations can too often get bogged down in whimsy. The Family Fang plays it straight, knowing that the story is peculiar enough on its own.
April 28, 2016
Mr. Bateman's direction of the actors is especially sensitive in this and other tricky scenes, showing a delicacy with emotional textures that isn't always matched by the story.
Top Critic
April 28, 2016
"How far will they go with this?" we wonder, and cringe every time we get our answer.
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.
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