Tyler Perry's The Family That Preys Synopsis
Greed and scandal test the mettle of two family matriarchs (Kathy Bates, Alfre Woodard).
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75

TV Guide

By Ken Fox
Thanks to some first-rate acting from its stars, it ranks among Perry's best.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Was it just three years ago that Perry made his feature debut with "Diary of a Mad Black Woman?" Then his filmmaking was strictly amateur;...
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70

Los Angeles Times

Dude, what made you refuse to screen your film for critics before it opened Friday? I'm betting you would have received an earful of praise...
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

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Woodard conveys the rock-solid values of a true Christian without ever falling into sappiness. Bates is enjoyably larger-than-life, as the...
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70

Variety

Bates and Woodard strike up a real dynamic, and picture gives the duo room to improvise, leading to one raucous scene after another as they...
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60

New York Daily News

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Perry's notoriously overstuffed plots have sometimes been top-heavy, but this movie, like Woody Allen's "Hannah and Her Sisters," hangs on...
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58

Entertainment Weekly

All over the place:It's a boardroom/family/couples/road-trip story.
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50

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Though better than most of Perry's broad comedies, The Family That Preys still suffers from excessive predictability and mawkish sentiment,...
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40

Austin Chronicle

By Steve Davis
Contradictions abound in this messy and unfocused drama that purports to believe that family is everything, when all else fails.
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38

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Family, sadly, is a plate of leftovers: a bland, baldly written melodrama about two longtime best friends and their messed-up families.
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I like Tyler's Movies, sooo ...

By violetdc
... guess I'll see this 1, too....

the family that prey's

By Lady Tee
great movie with meaning!!!...

Awesome

By FRONT_ROW_
I saw this week "Righteous Kill", "The Women" and "Burn before reading "or is it "Burn after reading"...whatever, they were all a waste of time compared to this SOUL FEEDING work of art. What can I...

A Touching Movie That All Should See

By dartluv5
Since I love most of the Tyler Perry movies, I knew that this movie would be quite enjoyable. It lived up to my expectations and thensome! This movie will make you laugh, cry, inspire you and teaches...

1980s Night-time Soap

By Igotothemoviesalot
The Family that Preys would have been good enough for TV but is not good enough for a feature film. Kathy Bates plays the poor man's JR Ewing or Alexis Carrington Colby, only with an uneven Southern...

Scandalous and Dramatic

By Power_Ball
For Tyler fans, he does not disappoint. The lies, deceit and betrayal with the overly dramatic blowout scene...it's all there. Too predictable and not humorous enough for my taste. I miss Madea,...

Touching Movie

By jessierican
This movie touched my heart. I called my best girlfriend right afterwards!! Everyone played their characters very well....

not as good as I expected

By singme
I love Tyler Perry's movies, but I am having a hard time feeling the love for this one. The movie moved slowly (but I didn't fall asleep!) so obviously not too slowly. I don't know what I expected,...

Perry's best yet

By WCinLV
Good story, wonderful acting. Alfre Woodard & Kathy Bates make this movie great....

Tyler Perry's The Family That Preys

By ljichambers
Tyler Perry never fails to write, produce and direct outstanding movies that always contain several life lessons about important real issues that many of us have experienced. The movie was terrific...

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Rated PG-13 | For thematic material, sexual references and brief violence
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 14+ Message-heavy dramedy features fine performances.
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POSITIVE MESSAGES
VIOLENCE & SCARINESS
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CONSUMERISM
DRINKING & DRUGS
SEXY STUFF