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San Francisco Examiner

By Barbara Shulgasser
The film's premise is totally implausible yet great performances, directing and script allow us to transcend the concept of believability...
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90

Chicago Reader

By Jonathan Rosenbaum
In one sense, this seemingly melodramatic plot premise is contrived, registering more as myth than as real possibility. Yet thanks to what...
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75

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
The story is thin, but the film has rich emotions and a highly constructive moral sense, showing how racial divisions crumble once people...
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Stack
It's impossible to dismiss the attraction of such accomplished actors on the big screen, even with a fits-and-starts script.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The situations are more or less standard (fights over sleeping arrangements, emergencies that have to be solved, moments of truth and...
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75

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
Despite its good intentions, A Family Thing could easily have been a mediocre drama, but the excellent performances elevate the film...
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67

Entertainment Weekly

Any other writers handed this premise would probably play it for cheap laughs, but Billy Bob Thornton and Tom Epperson have made an earnest...
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63

TV Guide

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Its assets are considerable: affecting performances (especially Irma P. Hall as blind Aunt T.) and sharp writing.
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50

Austin Chronicle

With acting legends Duvall and Jones in the lead roles, the story stays afloat, but occasionally these actors seem to be lurching around in...
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50

USA Today

By Mike Clark
It's likely to be overrated by some and underrated by others, and both contingents will be wrong. One can't, however, overrate the...
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a family thing

By edcjke
the best of the best...