75

Miami Herald

By Rene Rodriguez
The Family is the rare breed of pitch-black comedy that effectively uses violence for laughs or gasps, depending on the situation.
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75

Boston Globe

By Peter Keough
Not known for subtlety, Besson gets the expected laughs, and then some. He also exercises an unwonted finesse, not only with the allusions, but also with variations on the “f” word that, if not poetic, are at least funny.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Richard Roeper
This is a deliberately off-kilter, cheerfully violent, hit-and-miss effort with just enough moments of inspiration to warrant a recommendation — especially if you know what you’re getting into.
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75

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
This isn't vintage De Niro but at least there's more substance here than in a lot of his other recent projects. Michelle Pfeiffer, who flirted with this sort of a role 25 years ago in "Married to the Mob," is enjoying something of a renaissance after working only sparingly for more than a decade.
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63

Philadelphia Inquirer

By David Hiltbrand
The Family is a film at once strange and intriguing. It can't seem to settle on a tone. The early eruptions of violence are treated as slapstick when they are most assuredly not. But the climactic showdown, which fairly cries out for a touch of humor, is played as a tense and grim action sequence.
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51

Film.com

It’s a sadistic comedy, both in bloodshed and groan-worthy gags.
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50

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Robert De Niro – wait for it – in the role of a mobster. Now there's an original idea.
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50

Movie Nation

By Roger Moore
Besson aims his movie at anyone who’s ever held a grudge at an ill-mannered French waiter or clerk (haughty, and by the way, they’d NEVER condescend to speak to you in English). If that includes you, The Family has serves up a little wish-fulfillment payback, with a baseball bat.
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50

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
The Family is a fish-out-of-water/buddy comedy/Mob flick. But most of all, it's a missed opportunity.
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

By Stephen Farber
Their inside jape is unfortunately not as much fun for the audience as it may have been for the filmmakers, though it does have its piquant moments. But it’s not consistently entertaining enough either as a spoof or as a thriller.
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42 out of 100
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