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Barbara VanDenburgh
Arizona Republic
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
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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
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
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
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Sam Adams
Time Out
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
Diego Semerene
Slant Magazine
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
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Alison Willmore
AV Club
May 3, 2012
Turner's interactions with Deschanel are so much weightier than the rest of the film that the other storylines seem extraneous.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
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
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
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
Michelle Orange
Movieline
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
Brent Simon
Shockya.com
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-
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
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...
| Original Score: 2/5
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
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.
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Ernest Hardy
Village Voice
May 1, 2012
Renton's competing tones and intentions result in a film at odds with itself and its lead performance.
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine
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.
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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
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Jake Weinraub
TheWrap
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.
Rob Hunter
Film School Rejects
May 12, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest
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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