40

Variety

Suffers from severe problems of tone, a surfeit of undeveloped plot points and characters, and bland direction.
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40

Time Out New York

Surprise! The upper-middle-class family is still rotten to the core. In Vivi Friedman's overstuffed farce, the parents cheat on each other, the daughter dresses like a streetwalker, and the Bible-thumping son starts carrying a Glock.
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40

Village Voice

Thin as it is, Family Tree is no slog - the droll, attentive performances by Davis and Mulroney are endearing, and the extraneous guest-star bits (including Christina Hendricks as a secretary, no less) and rambling B stories aren't overly distracting.
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40

Los Angeles Times

By Gary Goldstein
Director Vivi Friedman's inability to successfully reconcile the film's duality undercuts an eclectic cast gamely committed to Mark Lisson's thematically ambitious, if scattered, script.
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38

Slant Magazine

By Chuck Bowen
A few trite race and religion jokes goose up what's mostly a sentimental story of a dysfunctional family suddenly and magically learning to function again.
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25

New York Post

Family Tree, which seems to have been written using indie-film Mad Libs, devolves into way too many quirky subplots.
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10

The New York Times

By Stephen Holden
The only reason I can think of to watch Vivi Friedman's flat, satirical farce The Family Tree - and it's not a good enough reason - is the opportunity to play a game of spot the semi-star.
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24 out of 100
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