100

Slant Magazine

An acutely felt, altogether devastating family drama as intimate and affecting as it is sprawling and untamed.
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100

Time Out New York

By Keith Uhlich
Wang has made a confidently intimate movie that is devastatingly larger-than-life.
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100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
What a courageous first feature this is, a film that sidesteps shopworn stereotypes and tells a quiet, firm, deeply humanist story about doing the right thing. It is a film that avoids any message or statement and simply shows us, with infinite sympathy, how the life of a completely original character can help us lead our own.
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90

The New York Times

Mr. Wang's slow-reveal psychological drama isn't just a showcase for his excellent ensemble cast. Beautifully modulated and stylistically sui generis, In the Family is also one of the most accomplished and undersold directorial debuts this year.
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90

The Hollywood Reporter

By Frank Scheck
This deeply humanistic, profoundly touching work representing independent cinema at its finest should be seen by far wider audiences.
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90

Los Angeles Times

By Robert Abele
Deliberate and marked by uncommon grace, In The Family manages to feel politically and culturally acute without ever resorting to melodrama, or having to wave banners for issues or causes, except perhaps in its quiet way for a renewed humanism in movies and a return to stories about everyday lives.
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70

Village Voice

With an incisive understanding of character, believably naturalistic acting, and lengthy scenes that don't feel stretched out so much as given room to breathe, In the Family proves that smart direction and an innate feeling for one's material trumps potentially precious subject matter.
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63

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

Despite a number of plot twists, In the Family is more about its constant blanks and dead time, its silence and inert camerawork, which require a viewer to fill in the gaps with one's own perceptions of what's happening.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
It is probably unlike any movie you've ever seen, and in ways both bad and good. It is, by turns, inept and brilliant, shockingly amateurish and inspired. To see it is to sit there for long stretches amazed at how clumsy, fake and misguided it is. But then, five minutes later you might easily be riveted and moved by its awkward brilliance.
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82 out of 100
Universal acclaim
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