The Family That Preys Reviews

November 17, 2011
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.
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
By far the best thing about the enterprise is Woodard. If she's not in this thing, I think it goes kaput.
September 15, 2008
The film takes off when Woodard's and Bates' characters go on a Thelma & Louise-style road trip.
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
It's hard to resist the movie's mixture of soap opera, humor and heart-filled homilies.
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 15, 2008
This mix of lovingly-written characters and terribly hokey plots makes for an uneven but occasionally engaging drama.
September 15, 2008
A smart, satisfying movie experience.
September 15, 2008
Defiantly old-school, undeniably entertaining, Tyler Perry's The Family That Preys is a shiny, two-timing throwback to 1950s melodramas like Giant, those wellsprings of such prime-time soaps as Dallas and Dynasty.
September 12, 2008
As usual, morality prevails: Faith and family are key virtues, while lust and greed are duly punished, though Perry is getting better at disguising his manipulation.