Reviews: The Family (2013)

familyReviews for this film from our members:

  • Dragan Antulov @ Draxblog VI [Croatian]
  • José Arce @
    • Excerpt: Turulato, violento y divertido cuento de mafiosos cien por cien Luc Besson. El propio desvarío de la propuesta es lo que mejor le ayuda a funcionar, siempre que el espectador se abandone a la retorcida amoralidad que la recorre.
  • Edwin Arnaudin @ Ashvegas
    • Excerpt: Other than the opportunity to work together and pretend that Besson is still in his ‘90s prime, it’s unclear why any of the cast would sign on to such a worthless project…or why anyone would buy a ticket to see the results.
  • Jesse Cataldo @ Slant Magazine
  • João Marcos Flores @ Cineviews
  • Susan Granger @
    • Excerpt: Facetious and amusingly amoral, it’s laden with far-from comedic carnage.
  • Travis Hopson @ Punch Drunk Critics
    • Excerpt: Uses violence as a weapon for some big laughs and bigger action, even if the tone may throw some for a loop.
  • Blake Howard @ Graffiti with Punctuation
    • Excerpt: The Family unashamedly serves as a shrine to Goodfellas, pairs sharp, black comedy and violence but like the characters is in a state of existential crisis.
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: Brutal and amusing, sometimes in the same scene, and while certainly uneven and perhaps never laugh-out-loud hilarious, it’s a palatable lark.
  • Kristin Dreyer Kramer @
  • [New – 5/22/14] | Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight
    • Excerpt: The Family’s obvious double meaning falls perfectly in line with the film’s entirely homogenous comedy twist on the genre.
  • Jason Pirodsky @
    • Excerpt: The nature of these characters makes it hard to identify with or care about them – a problem for The Family when it wants us to care about their survival during an action climax that threatens not only murder, but also suicide and rape.
  • Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema
    • Excerpt: French director Luc Besson is best at creating portraits of the criminal underground. You can see this in his best work like “La Femme Nikita” and “The Professional.” You can even see a bit of this in “The Fifth Element.” He knows how to take us into the scummy underworld and introduce us to characters that we come to like. So, what happened with his latest film, “The Family?”
  • Diego Salgado @ Miradas de Cine [Spanish]
  • Tom Santilli @
    • Excerpt: But as their characters are miserably unlikeable, Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer are easy to cheer for. Their charm as actors lift The Family out of absurdity and squarely into mediocrity.
  • Phil Vilarreal @
    • Excerpt: Remember the octopus that always picked the winners of soccer games? That’s what Robert De Niro is, only his talent is always managing to choose horrible scripts.

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