Metascore
73

Generally favorable reviews - based on 6 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Jul 13, 2012
    83
    It's a fascinating story, fascinatingly told.
  2. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Jul 11, 2012
    58
    There's no organizing principle in Ivanova's documentary, which unfolds in a ragged, seat-of-the-pants style that mirrors its subject's day-to-day life all too closely. Nenya's flock proves too big for the film to wrangle.
  3. Reviewed by: Neil Genzlinger
    Jul 12, 2012
    80
    Leaves a lot of questions unanswered, which is frustrating, but it gets high marks for honesty.
  4. 75
    Though only 85 minutes, the film captures an entire, bewilderingly extended family and way of life inside a sturdy frame.
  5. Reviewed by: Ernest Hardy
    Jul 11, 2012
    80
    The film's emotional and psychological textures suffer for those losses, but Family is still riveting viewing.
  6. Reviewed by: Chuck Bowen
    Jul 11, 2012
    75
    Julia Ivanova, a Canadian filmmaker, doesn't judge Olga; she refuses to see her through the eyes of a presumably better-off first-world citizen.

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