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  • Summary: Wealthy socialite Charlotte Cartwright and her dear friend Alice Pratt, a working class woman of high ideals, have enjoyed a lasting friendship throughout many years. Suddenly, their lives become mired in turmoil as their adult children’s extramarital affairs, unethical business practices and a dark paternity secret threaten to derail family fortunes and unravel the lives of all involved. Alice’s self-centered newlywed daughter Andrea is betraying her trusting husband Chris by engaging in a torrid affair with her boss and mother’s best friend’s son William. While cheating on his wife Jillian with a string of ongoing dalliances with his mistress Andrea, William’s true focus is to replace the COO of his mother’s lucrative construction corporation. Meanwhile, Alice’s other daughter Pam, a kind but no nonsense woman married to a hard working construction worker, tries to steer the family in a more positive direction. (Lionsgate) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 14
  2. Negative: 2 out of 14
  1. Was it just three years ago that Perry made his feature debut with "Diary of a Mad Black Woman?" Then his filmmaking was strictly amateur; now his sweeping pans and portentous closeups approach those of Pedro Almódovar.
  2. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    75
    Thanks to some first-rate acting from its stars, it ranks among Perry's best.
  3. Reviewed by: Stephen Farber
    70
    Woodard conveys the rock-solid values of a true Christian without ever falling into sappiness. Bates is enjoyably larger-than-life, as the role requires.
  4. Reviewed by: Sam Adams
    58
    Perry deserves due respect for exploiting an untapped niche.
  5. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    50
    Though better than most of Perry's broad comedies, The Family That Preys still suffers from excessive predictability and mawkish sentiment, which detracts from the story's believability.
  6. 50
    What's memorable here is the sparkling chemistry between Bates and Woodard, whose scenes together are a pleasure to watch, even as one thinks that their next outing should be to co-teach a master class entitled, "How To Rise Above Cliché."
  7. The suds that cascade through Tyler Perry’s The Family That Preys more than equal the cubic footage from nighttime soaps like "Dallas," "Dynasty" and their offspring.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 29
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 29
  3. Negative: 2 out of 29
  1. Jul 9, 2012
    10
    Give credit to Tyler Perry for not glamorizing drug dealing, criminal activities, selfish actions and the like. Tyler Perry advocates practical Christian and family values, and it ends up making a masterpiece! I love this movie as well as every other Tyler Perry films! Of course as expected critics underestimate ANOTHER great movie by Tyler Perry. Of course people will rate this movie low because they're JEALOUS that Tyler Perry is so wealthy and succesfull! Remember jealousy is a sin!!!... Expand
  2. JenniferN.
    Sep 24, 2008
    10
    His movies are getting better. I was impressed with this movie.
  3. Turner
    Sep 25, 2008
    10
    I thought this movie was Fantastic! It was different from Perry's norm and it was great! It had the realism of everyday life that no one wants to talk about. Excellent Job! Expand
  4. DenieceF.
    Jan 22, 2009
    10
    This was an excellent movie! I saw it at the movies and will definitiely be adding it to my dvd collection.
  5. LarryJ.
    Sep 13, 2008
    9
    The type of movie that you could take your kids to, yet have a story line that's interesting and entertaining for adults. In most instances you leave a movie asking yourself, " What would I have done different to make this a better movie?" My answer: Nothing!!! Expand
  6. MochaW.
    Sep 23, 2008
    9
    A great movie as usual. Keep it coming.
  7. CharlesW.
    Oct 25, 2008
    1
    I was between watching the family that preys or high school musical 3 but i decided to watch the family that preys with my homies intead of HSM 3 with my girl and i really got bored in this movie so without the movie staff noticing i changed to the HSM 3 screen and enjoyed a great movie. Dont watch this movie. It is not worth it if you dont like senseless movies. Expand

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