Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    Writer-director Daniel Burman's dryly humorous, poker-faced comedic style is once again in full play in this funny and touching film about a young Argentine man and his aging father, both of whom happen to be lawyers.
  2. Reviewed by: Ella Taylor
    Like his equally father-fixated, and equally wonderful, 2003 film "Lost Embrace," Burman's beguiling tribute to his Jewish father -- or, for all I know, the one he wishes he had -- is warm and deep enough to give humanism a good name.
  3. This is a comedy made for people who think, who like smart talk and who, like the Perelmans, know the score.
  4. Burman tends to focus very tightly on the details of individual identity - religion, nationality, gender. It is all the more striking, then, that his restrained and unassuming films are wise enough to speak to every adult.
  5. It's a serious subject handled with humor -- not the ha-ha kind, but the hard laughter that comes from recognizing parts of yourself in the Perelmans.
  6. Delicate, bittersweet comedy.
  7. 70
    A deft, witty and emotionally rewarding study of a thirtysomething man in his roles as father and son.
  8. 70
    Family Law never really gets to the nitty-gritty of the Perelmans' fraught relationship, instead maintaining a gently ironic distance that, while admirable in its restraint, ultimately lacks emotional fire.
  9. Burman is particularly good at the tiny details that become recognition points in daily patterns.
  10. 67
    While Family Law is well-shot, it's not spectacularly well-shot, or involving in any conventional cinematic way.
  11. 63
    The filmmaker may not appeal to large numbers of filmgoers. But if you get his humor and delicate style, you'll enjoy his latest work.
  12. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    It's a deceptively small film, one whose observations may continue to detonate quietly in your mind after the lights have come up.
  13. 60
    An alternately charming and frustrating comic entertainment.
  14. Engaging and well acted, the film is admirably low-key, yet Burman's relaxed approach becomes a liability--everything goes down smoothly but leaves one hungry for something more substantial.
  15. This is standard fare on the subject of father and son relations.
  16. A meticulously observed story about fathers and sons within the Argentine Jewish community...What the film desperately lacks, however, is any meaningful conflict. Thus, there is little story here.
  17. 50
    After sitting a while in front of my computer trying to come with the right word to describe the Argentine soaper Family Law, I've settled on "diverting." You will be entertained, but you won't tax your brain.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Sep 1, 2010
    Derecho de Familia trata de todo eso que se da por entendido, que no se dice abiertamente, que se olvida o que se da por enterado: esos pequeños intercambios, esas miradas furtivas, esos valores compartidos o confrontados que forman la vida familiar en general y la relación padres/hijos en particular. Aquí no hay tragedias insolubles sino el olvido del cumpleaños del papá, aquí no hay secretos inconsables sino ciertas omisiones inocentes que a nadie hacen daño. Y las lecciones aprendidas no se subrayan pero se entienden: Perelman hijo ve a su precoz niñito Gastón, vestido como él en cierto festival infantil de fin de cursos, pero amorosamente no se hace ilusiones ni tiene mucha prisa: "que se parezca a mí cuando quiera, si es que quiere". Full Review »
  2. SebastianG.
    Jan 26, 2007
    Burman gets even better with this last movie of his trilogy of Jewish fathers from Waiting the Mesaiah to Lost Embrace, this one is a great story and very well told! Full Review »
  3. MarieSamuels
    Jan 8, 2007
    This is an intelligent and touching family drama with lots of comedic touches. It is a humanistic story and portrays an unfamiliar world -- that of the Buenos Aires Jewish intellectuals. A winner. Full Review »