Written October 22, 2016
Not a very strong plot line, writing and dialogue was weak and there were many parts that were simply unrealistic regarding the Dept. of Justice's Witness Protection program.
(In addition, Tommy Lee Jones is much too old to play an 'active' FBI agent.)
Written April 23, 2017
Loved The Family. DeNiro is perfect for the role. Michelle Pfieffer was a delight! The kids also played their roles above and beyond. Tommy Lee Jones was his typically curmudgeonly self. Great writing. The finale is worth waiting for. Go see it. Not alot of movies like this being made. Adult comedy that makes you think and laugh.
Written October 27, 2016
There's little new about the characters in "The Family." DeNiro reprises his sensitive wiseguy from "Analyze This" and Michelle Pfeiffer trots out her on-target but well-worn Mafia wife schtick. You do somewhat like the characters as you see them struggle to adapt to yet another forced move and false life in the Witness Protection program. But while the fairly graphic and over-the-top violence is bearable when the protagonists are defending themselves, the collateral damage is considerable: neighbors shot dead. All the police shot dead. The only fireman in the station, dead. No body minds seeing the Mafia hitmen go down, but how much do you have to hate the French to be okay with killing them off for minor snootiness?
Overall, it's a well-paced comedy with decent action. A bit more graphic that might have been ideal. Outstanding (if incessant) use of the f-word as the keystone of DeNiro's mobster vocabulary. You may not remember it two weeks from now, but it's entertaining.
Written March 22, 2017
Enjoyed the film. Took my 18 year old son and 12 year old daughter. Daughter liked it, son - not so much. A lot of shooting, tons of swearing. Acting is good. Go see it!
Written May 23, 2017
I LOVE Robert De Niro's movies. I didn't love this movie at all. Only the last 20 minutes or so of this film are worthy of anyone's attention. Tommy Lee Jones is stilted and stiff and a little off, and De Niro is very predictable and walks around with a question mark on his face and in his voice. It's not funny. It's actually pretty sad. Wait for the DVD if you HAVE to see it. Don't waste your money on a theater ticket.