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  1. Sep 3, 2010
    10
    A Family Thing is a great movie with a great cast. It's perfect for the sociology student. Just don't go looking for it at your local Blockbuster. This is one of James Earl Jones' and Robert Duvall's best movies. Don't miss it.
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71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

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  1. Positive: 14 out of 17
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  1. 80
    The potential for hokum is there, but Duvall and co-star James Earl Jones capably avoid the sticky pitfalls of Tom Epperson and Billy Bob Thornton's sugar-cured script.
  2. In one sense, this seemingly melodramatic plot premise is contrived, registering more as myth than as real possibility. Yet thanks to what the movie has in mind and especially what the actors bring to it, it's a lovely myth, one that has the ring of deeply felt truth.
  3. 75
    The situations are more or less standard (fights over sleeping arrangements, emergencies that have to be solved, moments of truth and confession), but the dialogue and the acting bring the material up to another level.