The Family Stone

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Mixed or average reviews- based on 136 Ratings

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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) Expand

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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. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    75
    As stuffed with beguiling performances - some of them unexpectedly good - as its script is overstuffed. And though even the beguiled may feel manipulated the next morning (or when hitting the exits), the players put it over by a nose. Happy holidays.
  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. Spends too much time on unconvincing romantic-comedy contrivances to be consistently engaging. Throughout the uneven film and its mixed bag of performances, the compelling point of focus is Diane Keaton's smart, funny, spot-on natural portrait of the formidable Stone matriarch.
  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: 27 out of 79
  2. Negative: 42 out of 79
  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. Alexandra
    Dec 25, 2005
    3
    Totally unoriginal and manipulative.
  5. likudl.
    Dec 10, 2005
    2
    SJP should stick to NYC.
  6. RichardG
    Dec 29, 2005
    1
    Awful. Just awful!!
  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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