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  • Summary: A dysfunctional family learns to love each other.
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  1. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    Jun 27, 2013
    70
    While the overall feel is a bit derivative and contrived, there are nonetheless plenty of bitingly sharp lines and performance moments to keep this well-cast ensemble piece percolating along.
  2. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Jun 25, 2013
    50
    Petunia augurs more titillation than it delivers and only works occasionally.
  3. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    Jun 27, 2013
    50
    Features a top-notch cast, a few beautifully observed moments, and some amusingly bitchy dialogue. But its rambling, episodic structure and gallery of troubled characters will ultimately prove too off-putting to attract theatrical audiences.
  4. Reviewed by: Neil Genzlinger
    Jun 27, 2013
    40
    It’s possible to make a great movie out of family dysfunction, but this one is too short on insight to rank with the best of the genre.
  5. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Jun 27, 2013
    20
    Even in shabbily put together dramedies, such as this one, there can be a glimmer of light. Here it’s Christine Lahti’s anguished, nuanced turn as a wife and mother excited to begin a new phase with her husband.
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  1. Jan 30, 2014
    5
    The plot of Petunia is not really cohesive (to say the least). It has some fun moments, some bouts of violence, but in the end is it seemedThe plot of Petunia is not really cohesive (to say the least). It has some fun moments, some bouts of violence, but in the end is it seemed that for all their interesting quirks and neuroses, the characters are underdeveloped, as if we were watching the second episode of a series. And it does seems like the intentions of Petunia's screenplay would have been better serve by a miniseries format. Expand

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