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.
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.
May 10, 2012
A moving story of a woman's attempt to keep pace in a world that's moving too quickly for her.
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.
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.
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.
May 3, 2012
The film's single saving grace is Turner, who channels that legendary Catholic guilt like there is no tomorrow.
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...
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.
May 3, 2012
Turner's interactions with Deschanel are so much weightier than the rest of the film that the other storylines seem extraneous.
Top Critic
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.
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.
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.