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The Perfect Family Reviews

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 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
May 10, 2012
A moving story of a woman's attempt to keep pace in a world that's moving too quickly for her.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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
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
May 4, 2012
"The Perfect Family'' is Kathleen Turner's show. And when a series of crises forces Eileen to re-examine her values and beliefs, Turner rises magnificently to the occasion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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 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 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 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
May 2, 2012
In the final scene I found myself laughing and crying at the same time.
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 1, 2012
Renton's competing tones and intentions result in a film at odds with itself and its lead performance.
May 1, 2012
Hardly perfect, but definitely trying to be good.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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 5, 2011
A dynamite Kathleen Turner desperately strives to be named "Catholic Woman of the Year" in tyro helmer Anne Renton's feel-good religious laffer The Perfect Family.
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.