Mixed or average reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 28
  2. Negative: 6 out of 28
  1. Jesse Wigutow's screenplay is one of those marvels of economy, idiomatic facility and well-chosen detail that knows exactly when to cut away from a scene without grinding it into your face.
  2. 75
    Never quite transcends its movie-of-the-week trappings. But either you're glad to have spent time with these three generations or you aren't. Bottom line: I was.
  3. Schepisi not only inspired the cast to give well-shaded, reflective portrayals but also made the film a work of honest, heartfelt sentiment.
  4. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    Uneasily pivots between comedy and drama, with its best parts strongly reminiscent of Schepisi's previous, British-made drama about aging and dying buddies, "Last Orders."
  5. Much to my surprise and delight, the movie is nothing like its marketing.
  6. 63
    Manages to sidestep the potential overload of cheap sentimentality -- an intimate dance between an elderly couple registers with heartbreaking sweetness -- and evokes a lingering sense of loss.
  7. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Father and son Kirk and Michael Douglas' moments together are among the movie's best.
  8. 63
    It's so wispy that at the end you wonder: Exactly what runs in the family?
  9. 60
    The picture never quite finds its footing.
  10. Reviewed by: Ed Park
    Family goes easy on the schmaltz, and the catastrophes have the puncturing feel of real life.
  11. 58
    An unsteady mixture of treacle and dark comedy that never feels as "dark" as it pretends. Though well-intentioned, it's not terribly compelling.
  12. This is one family reunion where you need someone to act up or pick a fight, anything to bring a little life to the party.
  13. 50
    The movie is simply not clear about where it wants to go and what it wants to do. It is heavy on episode and light on insight, and although it takes courage to bring up touchy topics it would have taken more to treat them frankly.
  14. The best reason to see It Runs in the Family is the sight of unquenchable Kirk.
  15. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    It's ''Hannah and Her Sisters'' with all the emotions and half the artistry.
  16. As an actor, Kirk Douglas still has more to give; too bad he didn't have more to work with.
  17. 50
    Essentially the same heartwarming goo about three generations of men quarreling and bonding, with Kirk just as feisty as ever.
  18. 50
    Sluggish comedy drama.
  19. 40
    To an outsider, it's pretty thin stuff.
  20. Schepisi underscores each emotional note by pulling the camera away from his actors and pointing it at family photographs, a saccharine conceit that becomes more irritating each time it appears.
  21. 40
    The question is not how bad this excuse for a domestic comedy is (medium cringe), but how the gifted Fred Schepisi got suckered into directing a vanity project.
  22. Every scene in this oppressive film has a theme or didactic purpose, but little life.
  23. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    The family's all here and surely, with all their accumulated years of wisdom, they should have been able to distinguish a cloying script when one fell into their hands.
  24. 25
    An exercise in drudgery... The whole thing is so patently uninteresting it's hard to see it as anything but a Douglas family vanity project.
  25. A sodden drama of filial conflict that dares the audience to confuse the characters with the players. P.T. Barnum couldn't have come up with a better hook, but he would have rewarded his suckers with more ''On Golden Pond'' entertainment bang for their buck.
  26. Fred Schepisi, the great Australian director, had the thankless task of trying to turn Jesse Wigutow’s screenplay into something with a pulse, but his finesse is wasted on this steaming heap of dysfunctionalism.
  27. Achingly long and pointless, "Runs" is a movie about family that's dishonest in its presentation of every relationship.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 2 out of 3
  1. Sep 1, 2014
    The Douglas Family Reunion simply did not work on-screen. Can't say I'm surprised either. It Runs in the Family is a below-average rompThe Douglas Family Reunion simply did not work on-screen. Can't say I'm surprised either. It Runs in the Family is a below-average romp without any quality humor. Full Review »