Metascore
66

Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. 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.
  2. 60
    An alternately charming and frustrating comic entertainment.
  3. This is standard fare on the subject of father and son relations.
  4. 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.
  5. 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
8.4

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
    8
    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: esosDerecho 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
    10
    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 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
    10
    This is an intelligent and touching family drama with lots of comedic touches. It is a humanistic story and portrays an unfamiliar world -- 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 »