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  • Summary: The Family Stone is a story about an annual gathering of an unconventional New England family. Before the holidays are done, relationships will unravel while new ones are formed, secrets will be revealed and the Stone family will come together through its extraordinary capacity for love.The Family Stone is a story about an annual gathering of an unconventional New England family. Before the holidays are done, relationships will unravel while new ones are formed, secrets will be revealed and the Stone family will come together through its extraordinary capacity for love. (20th Century Fox) Collapse
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 35
  2. Negative: 2 out of 35
  1. Reviewed by: Rachel Clarke
    88
    The Family Stone may not be super-serious or even, well, sly, but none of that matters: this is a warm and engaging film that is sure to become a perennial Christmas favorite.
  2. 75
    Indie director Bezucha has held on to just enough individuality to breathe a little life into the cliches.
  3. As ridiculous, as mawkish and schizophrenic as The Family Stone is, it's also surprisingly endearing.
  4. Popped in the oven and marked with a predictable P, The Family Stone is the Christmas cookie of Christmas movies -- this thing is so pat it should come with the recipe attached.
  5. In place of the dysfunctional family Christmas story we've come to expect for the holidays, The Family Stone gives us a cheerfully uncensored, generic counterculture clan and tosses a tightly wound control freak into the center of their holiday celebration.
  6. Almost totally emotionally bankrupt. But it's a very specific form of total emotional bankruptcy, one that feels honest and even uplifting at the time, because the actors are great and the direction's well intentioned and just-so.
  7. Bezucha made something perverse, a feel-bad holiday film about a repellent family, with a milquetoast dad and a smug, devious harpy of a mom.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 76
  2. Negative: 41 out of 76
  1. MleaE.
    Nov 17, 2008
    10
    I loved this movie! it was absolutely fantastic, it has just about everything you could want in a movie including a holiday!!
  2. PaulB.
    Jan 2, 2006
    9
    Great movie, but Christmas setting and holiday release date probably made viewers expect anything other than the edgy tone and tragic Great movie, but Christmas setting and holiday release date probably made viewers expect anything other than the edgy tone and tragic circumstances from mid-way on. Expand
  3. Skydog
    Dec 22, 2005
    8
    A solid predictable holiday romantic comedy. Rachel McAdams, and Luke Wilson, shine in great character roles. This film has more depth and A solid predictable holiday romantic comedy. Rachel McAdams, and Luke Wilson, shine in great character roles. This film has more depth and raises more issues than many romantic comedys. Expand
  4. MauiP.
    Oct 3, 2007
    2
    WOW. If you looked up the definition of "HacK' in the dictionary, the writer & director of this film, Bezucha's picture would be WOW. If you looked up the definition of "HacK' in the dictionary, the writer & director of this film, Bezucha's picture would be there. Cliche comment I realize, but so is the entire movie. The only redeeming aspect of the film is also it's saviour - DIANE KEATON! Expand
  5. DavidA.
    Dec 18, 2005
    1
    Have you ever wondered if it's possible to sleep in a theater. If you wanna find out you have to see this movie. This movie was awful, Have you ever wondered if it's possible to sleep in a theater. If you wanna find out you have to see this movie. This movie was awful, there were only like 2 funny momments that weren't even that funny. I saw people walk out in the middle of the movie , and I couldn't wait until it ended. I actually tried going to sleep but the theater was too loud. The only reason I give it a 1 is because I feel sorry for the producers. Expand
  6. Fantasy
    Dec 20, 2005
    1
    If you saw the trailer where Sarah Jessica Parker slips in the kitchen and spills the food then you saw the entire movie. Without question If you saw the trailer where Sarah Jessica Parker slips in the kitchen and spills the food then you saw the entire movie. Without question this is a predictable tedious boring film with substance or character. Avoid at all costs. Expand
  7. Baronj
    Dec 18, 2005
    0
    People who gave it a good rating were probably high when they were watching the movie. I'd rather do my homework than watch this movie, People who gave it a good rating were probably high when they were watching the movie. I'd rather do my homework than watch this movie, and I never do my homework. Expand

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