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The Perfect Family Reviews

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May 17, 2012
It would be ripe territory for self-reflection if this sloppy debut from filmmaker Anne Renton weren't plagued with as much self-doubt and uncertainty as its lead Catholic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
May 4, 2012
The film's gentle, sentimental approach prevents it from ever really getting at the pain that's been swirling around this imperfect family for years.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/10
January 4, 2013
This Kathleen Turner vehicle is a stiff, a picture with so little urgency that it drags on like a sermon without end, with all the flavor of a communion wafer.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
May 1, 2012
Turner seems stifled by the joyless role of a woman whose only purpose is to be taught the error of her sanctimonious ways.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
May 3, 2012
An anodyne tale of family-centered acceptance that's neither comical when it wants to be nor touching when it strivers for pathos.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
May 3, 2012
Turner's interactions with Deschanel are so much weightier than the rest of the film that the other storylines seem extraneous.
Read More | Original Score: C
May 3, 2012
The film's single saving grace is Turner, who channels that legendary Catholic guilt like there is no tomorrow.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
May 11, 2012
Turner is terrific, but The Perfect Family doesn't know quite what to do with her energy, eventually taking on so much surplus woe, there's no chance for a clean exit.
Full Review | Original Score: C
May 2, 2012
The Perfect Family seems to resist introspective pit stops, cruising toward its tidy resolution with a host of missed opportunities in its wake.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.5/10
May 8, 2012
A resolutely middle-of-the-road affair that never locates and communicates a very persuasive reason for its existence, or even a compelling dramatic throughline. A cinematic 'meh' if ever there were one.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
May 3, 2012
[Turner's] performance is the deepest and truest element in this shallow feel-good movie about the clash between gay rights and Catholic orthodoxy in a generic suburban town...
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
May 10, 2012
At the most fundamental level, as a work of entertainment, it fails. Scenes meander pointlessly, beginning and ending without any change or story movement.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
April 26, 2011
It's hard not to wish that it had taken a few more chances and explored its certainly relevant themes a little more deeply.
May 1, 2012
Renton's competing tones and intentions result in a film at odds with itself and its lead performance.
May 3, 2012
We need more of Turner onscreen, so I hesitate to criticize when she finally appears. But the truth is that she's sadly underutilized in Renton's debut.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
May 4, 2012
The trailers make it look like an irreverent, iconoclastic satire; in fact it's dramatic - when it isn't dull and obvious.
May 10, 2012
A leaden, ham-fisted affair that was exactly the sort of pap John Waters was spoofing when he cast Turner as a serial-killing soccer mom.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 27, 2012
Turner's complex and heart-wrenching performance provides a window into the life of a woman dedicated to the values and commitments her church dictates, even during her family's darkest times.
May 12, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: B-
July 22, 2011
Doesn't get all the Catholic details right but still presents the church's rituals and parish politics more seriously than most movies.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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