The Family Synopsis
A mob family in the Witness Protection Program has trouble adjusting to a new home abroad.
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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,...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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51

Film.com

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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...
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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...
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"The Family" is Terrific!

By gigi467
Watching Michelle Pfeiffer and Robert De Niro wind their way through this fast-paced film while hiding in the Witness Protection Program is a delight. A mix of light comedy brought into reality by...

Entertaining, Lighthearted Mafia Mobster Movie.

By WolvieMovie
Most italian mobster movie are either too violent, slow and mello dramatic. This however, based on a book called "Malavita" a mafia italian family from brooklyn, NY trying to escape their past...

The Family

By Dubmission
A movie to see if you like going to the movies, though nothing that special. De Niro of course fits the role of anything mob-related, has some funny moments. Eh....

What Happened?

By Scotny7
I was so excited to see Deniro in mob film. While this was funny at times, I have to ask myself WTH happened? Cinematography and makeup was laughable. You really could see the make up caked on Deniro...

?????????

By kysm2012
I am not sure what was suppose to happened but whatever the intentions were for this movie it missed its' target. Too much senseless killing or is that true portrayal of underworld life. I don't...

The Family

By putterball
It may not be for everyone, but for those of us who grew up watching and enjoying "The Untouchables", I feel that "The Family" is a great movie. It's put together well, with great actors, a great...

Entertaining

By ajkendig
I found the movie very entertaining. I laughed, I thought yep that's a man thing, I was sad and I went home satisfied with money well spent....

It is what I thought it was going to be...

By ALeahy82
I found the story to be complex and lacking, yet I found the writing to be so much more detailed. The one thing I don't understand about this movie is the lack of explination to the story where you...

The Family

By sandrae56
We loved it...but it isn't for everyone I am sure....performances by DeNiro, Tommy Lee Jones and Michelle Pfieffer were great as expected but there is a lot of violence and swearing which may not...

The Family - disapointed

By Doug_Hubka
The movie really wanders around from being sort of a fun comedy to mob massacre. The opening credits list 5 different production companies involved with the film. I think each one got to write their...

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Rated R | For Language, Brief Sexuality and Violence
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Iffy for 15+ Funny but imperfect mob comedy has violence, language.
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