The Family That Preys Reviews

February 9, 2012
Whatever its other sins, the movie cannot be accused of wanting for ambition or scope.
April 4, 2011
December 17, 2009
Exactly the kind of preachy, pandering, tone-shifting, gospel-laced soap opera that [Perry has] served up time and time again to his dedicated audience.
October 8, 2008
I appreciate what Perry is trying to do with his films, and it's nice to see an urban film that isn't a "Gangsta Picture", but he needs to tone down the soap opera qualities and let his stories unfold naturally.
September 25, 2008
To call The Family That Preys a transitional effort would be accurate and fair
September 18, 2008
This snail-paced film might as well take place in the 1950s, since it seems to have been inspired by one those Hollywood melodramas in which one company employs the entire town, and the only places free of corruption are the church and the local diner.
September 17, 2008
The closest Perry has come to making something that looks like it belongs on a movie screen and not on a TV set or on the wall of a church basement.
September 15, 2008
Perry may not be dealing with race issues, but he still writes everything in black-and-white.
Top Critic
September 15, 2008
While it's wonderful to see actresses as shamefully underemployed as Woodard and Bates on the big screen, even they can't make sense of [these] incoherent characters.
September 15, 2008
The Family that Preys shows grand advances in the filmmaking education of playwright-turned-filmmaker Tyler Perry. It's also his soapiest film yet, an overwrought melodrama of sibling rivalry, infidelity, family business power plays and terminal illness.
September 15, 2008
To say that the plot is laboriously constructed is an understatement. The first hour is interminable, filled with dead air that suggests Perry the director was asleep at the switch.
September 15, 2008
The movie plays almost exactly like four daily soap episodes stitched together.
September 15, 2008
As usual, the villains are very bad, and the good guys are very noble -- until they get mad and clock their wives.
September 15, 2008
The suds that cascade through Tyler Perry's The Family That Preys more than equal the cubic footage from nighttime soaps like Dallas, Dynasty and their offspring.
September 14, 2008
[Perry] squanders his most impressive cast yet on one of his least compelling stories.
September 14, 2008
Tyler Perry's trademark sitcomish sermonizing has lightened up a bit here to explore hot topic race and class issues, but his 'family values is the best revenge' anthem, is awash as usual in sudsy mayhem.
September 12, 2008
Overstuffed and self-indulgent...The Family That Preys is nothing more than a busy-minded, shifty soap opera propelled by its empty-minded sense of indignation.
September 12, 2008
Tyler Perry has something, there's no doubt. But in The Family That Preys, it's buried under by an avalanche of unbearable, soap opera drivel.
September 12, 2008
It's all rather dull if you don't have laundry to fold while watching.
September 12, 2008
It's the same old dance, only now it involves slapping around women...sickening and completely irresponsible.