The Family

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  1. Sep 24, 2013
    5
    Luc Besson has no sense of genre or tone. Film noir finds humor in amorality, in contradictions, in hypocrisy--not in sadistic violence. And comic strip satire can't build suspense which the last half hour of the film tries to create. The result is a train wreck of a movie despite good performances especially by Michelle Pfeiffer.
  2. Sep 17, 2013
    4
    Everyone in this movie is unnecessarily violent. I'm not even going all Jim Carrey preachy here but the main characters beat up innocent civilians for no good reason at least a dozen times with tennis rackets and baseball bats. And when the mafia style shootout starts, it's over in 10 minutes. Every scene just was paced poorly and overall this was a hugely wasted opportunity, especiallyEveryone in this movie is unnecessarily violent. I'm not even going all Jim Carrey preachy here but the main characters beat up innocent civilians for no good reason at least a dozen times with tennis rackets and baseball bats. And when the mafia style shootout starts, it's over in 10 minutes. Every scene just was paced poorly and overall this was a hugely wasted opportunity, especially considering the cast. Expand
  3. Dec 21, 2013
    6
    A fairly mediocre film that is just good enough for a mild recommendation. Robert De Niro in a gangster movie no question it's over done but at least he knows the terrain. B-
  4. Sep 30, 2013
    4
    4/10 is a fair score, because i think some people will like it and some not, but for me it was a very decent movie! Good acting, poor story and decent action brings me to this final score.
  5. Oct 12, 2013
    6
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. The Family is not such a bad film actually. I enjoyed the film as it had that black humor that I've never seen in a film and it has all the time many funny moments. The whole family even the dog) were a good presence in the film and the characters were built in such way that everyone had something different. Really liked the shooting scene. It reminded me a bit of Kick-ass. There is only one problem in that film. The story has some gaps such as why did they move in Normandie? That is not explained in the film. All in all, if you forget about that problem the family is interesting and humorous black comedy with lots of fun and with a really good Robert De niro and Michelle Pfeiffer Expand
  6. Oct 17, 2013
    6
    Good mafia movie with a lot of dark humor. Seems more like it should have been two movies or at least a continuation of some made for tv series. @ramblingmango
  7. Sep 14, 2013
    4
    De Niro and Pfeiffer may give it their all, but "The Family" ultimately succumbs to the burden of its own ridiculousness and fairly unlikable characters.
  8. Sep 13, 2013
    6
    I was expecting a raucous mobster comedy reminiscent of "Analyze This" but It just wasn't that funny. In fact I think I was about the only person in the theater laughing... and not very often. In spite of his brilliant career DeNiro has become typecast and Tommy Lee Jones' dry wit was completely stifled. It further lost its comedic identity when it swung abruptly in the other direction toI was expecting a raucous mobster comedy reminiscent of "Analyze This" but It just wasn't that funny. In fact I think I was about the only person in the theater laughing... and not very often. In spite of his brilliant career DeNiro has become typecast and Tommy Lee Jones' dry wit was completely stifled. It further lost its comedic identity when it swung abruptly in the other direction to wrap up as a "too serious" dramatic action flick. I didn't hate it and It did serve up a couple laugh out loud moments but as so often happens, it failed to deliver the goods that the trailer was selling. I guess you could say forgettaboutit, I already have. Expand
  9. Sep 15, 2013
    5
    While there's some good acting, it's still not enough to hold this "dark mob comedy together. Overall, it's a forgettable mob movie. Be sure to check out my YouTube channel "TheMovieManLife" for all things movies.
  10. Sep 18, 2013
    6
    A New York mob family in witness protection (headed by Robert De Niro & Michelle Pfeiffer) moves into a small French village, but their old habits die hard (literally). When they're crossed, all four of them are prone to violence, which provides much of the film's dark humor. Director Luc Besson ("Taken" 1& 2 and "Transporter" 1, 2, 3) knows how to stage action, which pops in regularly.A New York mob family in witness protection (headed by Robert De Niro & Michelle Pfeiffer) moves into a small French village, but their old habits die hard (literally). When they're crossed, all four of them are prone to violence, which provides much of the film's dark humor. Director Luc Besson ("Taken" 1& 2 and "Transporter" 1, 2, 3) knows how to stage action, which pops in regularly. The comedy generates more smirks that laughs, but the enjoyable performances and assured direction combine to create a slight, but fun entertainment. Expand
  11. Sep 13, 2013
    6
    Though being sold as a comedy “The Family” didn’t get a single laugh, smile or giggle from the audience with the over the top violence and even at points when it is trying to be a spoof or parody or satire the sadistic beatings and various scenes with hammers, bats, heated grills cut off any smile you might have.

    Michelle Pfeiffer, as beautiful as ever, is funny just with a look from a
    Though being sold as a comedy “The Family” didn’t get a single laugh, smile or giggle from the audience with the over the top violence and even at points when it is trying to be a spoof or parody or satire the sadistic beatings and various scenes with hammers, bats, heated grills cut off any smile you might have.

    Michelle Pfeiffer, as beautiful as ever, is funny just with a look from a scene shown in the coming attractions and even not considered a stretch for Robert De Niro he has a few joyous moments ‘debating’ “GoodFellas”. Playing husband and wife they are in a witness protection program with their children played by Dianna Agron, who certainly can pass for Pfeiffer’s daughter and while John D’Leo bares no resemblance to any of the other three he does come off as a chip off the old block of his gangster father.

    Tommy Lee Jones adds some weight to the film just with his presence but has a role that he can only walk through. Many of the supporting players as police or FBI agents and gangsters all look, and act, their roles believably.

    I think the enjoyment of this films comes from the director Luc Besson, who also had a hand in the screenplay with Michael Caleo, and executive producer Martin Scorsese who have been in this territory before and don’t take themselves seriously.

    “The Family” is much better than expected which is always a good surprise when going to the movies.
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  12. Sep 17, 2013
    6
    This flavor will mostly appeal to older audiences leaving younger people bored and wondering. All actors reprising old characters. Tommy Lee Jones as head of an FBI division, De Niro a mobster, and Pheiffer as married to a mob, wow what a stretch. Either way it does make for a charming 2 hours you will spend in the theater since a movie like this is easy breezy for these skilled HollywoodThis flavor will mostly appeal to older audiences leaving younger people bored and wondering. All actors reprising old characters. Tommy Lee Jones as head of an FBI division, De Niro a mobster, and Pheiffer as married to a mob, wow what a stretch. Either way it does make for a charming 2 hours you will spend in the theater since a movie like this is easy breezy for these skilled Hollywood elite. and the kids will keep it somewhat fresh enough to pass for new material. Expand
  13. Sep 13, 2013
    6
    Overall, The Family was an o.k. movie. The acting was good and no one really felt out of place. However, the pacing was medium and it was more of a dark comedy as opposed to an action film. Also, It is just hard to believe the FBI would relocate an entire family to another country not Canada and everyone in France speaking English and not French.
  14. Feb 14, 2014
    5
    An unbelievably slow paced movie. There are moments of humor or violence thrown to give this movie a pulse every now and then, but ultimately this is a very dull and lifeless film. The film is at's best when it is focusing on humor. The violence just comes off as sadistic and cruel. John D'leo steals the show. He, Dianna Agron, and the plots surrounding them end up being the best parts ofAn unbelievably slow paced movie. There are moments of humor or violence thrown to give this movie a pulse every now and then, but ultimately this is a very dull and lifeless film. The film is at's best when it is focusing on humor. The violence just comes off as sadistic and cruel. John D'leo steals the show. He, Dianna Agron, and the plots surrounding them end up being the best parts of the movie, making the parents (Pfieffer and De Niro) uninteresting. They do not save the movie from ultimately being boring however, and Agron's story ends up turning into just another broken heart story.

    Overall I found this movie to be a boring waste of time. There's not enough humor and much it's violence ends up coming off as unnecessary. There are some interesting bits here and there, but overall the film is lifeless and uninteresting. My recommendation is that you just pass this film by. It falls short in just about every area leaving the film to be stuck in some sort of limbo of mediocrity. I thought this mob family would be more interesting.
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  15. Oct 25, 2013
    6
    Nice passtime, the scenario isn't that full proof, for instance whose body is in the family car trunk at the very beginning of the movie? A bit more, the end scene of catching up the mob who follows the family was so naive for a bunch of such professionals who easily killed policemen at the police and fire stations. Great acting from the family, Roberto De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, DiannaNice passtime, the scenario isn't that full proof, for instance whose body is in the family car trunk at the very beginning of the movie? A bit more, the end scene of catching up the mob who follows the family was so naive for a bunch of such professionals who easily killed policemen at the police and fire stations. Great acting from the family, Roberto De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Dianna Agron, and John D'Leo, also from FBI Tommy Lee Johns. Mixed comedy and violence, controlled smiles and tensions, exchanged American and French mocking. A low cost movie that didn't pretend much is worth seeing. Expand
  16. Apr 17, 2015
    5
    A gangland family go into witness protection in France as their enemies try and track them down in this new thriller from Luc Besson. It has its moments but you do get the feeling the cast are going through the motions, and when DeNiro sits down to watch Goodfellas at a local film club you get the feeling this has jumped the shark. Everyone involved can certainly do better, and Besson is aA gangland family go into witness protection in France as their enemies try and track them down in this new thriller from Luc Besson. It has its moments but you do get the feeling the cast are going through the motions, and when DeNiro sits down to watch Goodfellas at a local film club you get the feeling this has jumped the shark. Everyone involved can certainly do better, and Besson is a world away from the highest of Nikita and Leon. Expand
  17. Dec 23, 2014
    6
    Although it's lacking in story, depth, comedy and action, The Family is still a charming film great actors, a few memorable scenes & quotes and an interesting premise. As an action film, it's a bit of a failure. As a comedy, it doesn't contain enough funny scenes. As a package, it's a decent film - not for its creativity or quality but for its overall entertainment value.
  18. May 13, 2014
    6
    Getting into the Witness Protection Program was the easy part, staying there is what's hard, in the latest Luc Besson comedy, The Family. With huge star power and a well known Director, this film had all the makings of a classic, unfortunately it has some major plot holes and lacks direction. One moment it seems like you're watching a comedy, that is about to break out, but then in theGetting into the Witness Protection Program was the easy part, staying there is what's hard, in the latest Luc Besson comedy, The Family. With huge star power and a well known Director, this film had all the makings of a classic, unfortunately it has some major plot holes and lacks direction. One moment it seems like you're watching a comedy, that is about to break out, but then in the blink of an eye it's a drama, addressing difficult issues. The big tagline is that the Manzoni family is in hiding, and can't seem to behave themselves, but it's a lot more than that. The FBI has decided to place this Italian, Brooklyn mob family in the south of France. Even if their behavior wasn't outlandish, how is a Brooklyn family supposed to fit into a small village in France? They would naturally stand out like a sore thumb. Besides the obvious plot holes, other things are left out of the equation, the most glaring being the back story behind the families joining the program. While the story is all over the place, the film does feature a truly all-star cast and trust me, they help. If this wasn't De Niro, Jones, and Pheiffer, the film would have completely fallen apart and failed to hold my interest. The fact is that these are some the best actors in the world and they all do a tremendous job of keeping the audiences attention. There isn't much of a story here and it's nowhere near as funny as it was advertised to be, but big names and great performances fill seats in the theaters and that should have been this films hook. I'm not sure if the Family was a drama or some kind of dark comedy that I just didn't get, but aside from the terrific performances from an all-star cast, I was highly disappointed by this film. Expand
  19. Dec 24, 2013
    5
    I agree that the characters are really flat and unlikeable, The story is something we have seen a thousand times before, yet some how it's surprisingly enjoyable to watch. The ending saved it from being a total snooze fest as well.

    The biggest complaint is the needless 2 hour run time and the crappy sub-plot with the daughter of the family. I think it'd have been better if it were
    I agree that the characters are really flat and unlikeable, The story is something we have seen a thousand times before, yet some how it's surprisingly enjoyable to watch. The ending saved it from being a total snooze fest as well.

    The biggest complaint is the needless 2 hour run time and the crappy sub-plot with the daughter of the family. I think it'd have been better if it were shorter and featured less sub-plots that offered nothing to the film.
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  20. Dec 6, 2013
    6
    The movie holds together with Luc Besson's style of directing, even with all its stereotypes. It has its moments of being funny with violence but eventually simply becomes a little ridiculous to fully enjoy.
  21. Dec 12, 2013
    6
    Suffering from uneven tones and characters that lack any real development, “The Family” is a slight disappointment. The story is simple but something that could have been easily entertaining; however, the film can’t decide if it wants to be a dark comedy or a crime thriller and the way it jumps back and forth makes the film feel grating at points. Additionally, despite the fact there areSuffering from uneven tones and characters that lack any real development, “The Family” is a slight disappointment. The story is simple but something that could have been easily entertaining; however, the film can’t decide if it wants to be a dark comedy or a crime thriller and the way it jumps back and forth makes the film feel grating at points. Additionally, despite the fact there are some great performances in the film, the characters really don’t have much depth or get much development as the film progresses. However, the film has some amusing moments and Robert De Niro and Tommy Lee Jones are great together in it, so it has some merits…just not much beyond watching it once. Expand
  22. May 3, 2014
    4
    The Family starts off as an off-kilter, dark comedy with a promising storyline and some nice views of Normandy. However, the filmmakers waste the rest of the film with violence that doesn't let up, horrible plot points, and an unfulfilling ending; the movie sinks deeper and deeper every minute. DeNiro's character is just so sadistic and unforgivingly violent with no regard for human lifeThe Family starts off as an off-kilter, dark comedy with a promising storyline and some nice views of Normandy. However, the filmmakers waste the rest of the film with violence that doesn't let up, horrible plot points, and an unfulfilling ending; the movie sinks deeper and deeper every minute. DeNiro's character is just so sadistic and unforgivingly violent with no regard for human life whatsoever. If you give him back the wrong change at the grocery store, he'll practically smash your head on the counter, and his character is anything but likable. The kids are smart and resourceful, but their talents get wasted on gunfights and unnecessary bloodshed. Michelle Pfeifer is really the only person in the movie with any shred of morals. Tommy Lee Jones just smirks and scowls as usual, not really adding anything more to his character. Though, I can say that I enjoyed the little Goodfellas in-joke for DeNiro. It was a nice touch to an otherwise brutal movie. Watch "The Family" on a Friday night if you dare, but do not pay full price for it, whatever you do. Expand
  23. Jan 25, 2014
    6
    Owen McKenna Rio Rancho, NM. I was told the movie was very funny. It did not meet my expectations. I admit I laughed a few times. I still think Di Nero is a great actor, just not one of his best roles.
  24. Apr 7, 2014
    6
    Ok, it wasn´t anymore that I expected. It´s a good black humor movie, although it´s almost everything supported in the violence. DeNiro plays a really good role. Very good casting.
  25. Apr 13, 2015
    5
    The notorious Manzoni family is found arriving in Normandy (France), hiding under the witness protection program. Struggling to adjust to their new lifestyle, the seemingly charming clan quickly show they are not afraid of getting their hands dirty when things don't go their way. The often escalated violent scenes provide decent entertainment, generating a few laughs for those who canThe notorious Manzoni family is found arriving in Normandy (France), hiding under the witness protection program. Struggling to adjust to their new lifestyle, the seemingly charming clan quickly show they are not afraid of getting their hands dirty when things don't go their way. The often escalated violent scenes provide decent entertainment, generating a few laughs for those who can appreciate it. Nevertheless, the story never really takes you anywhere and the nature of the characters seems quite unclear, as the sentimental and more serious scenes are mixed up within the dark comedy. The overall good performances from the cast carry you till the finish, but they leave you with a mob flick that you will soon forget. Expand
  26. chw
    Jul 17, 2014
    6
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. The Family is barely a mob film. It's more of where GoodFellas left off if Ray Liotta turned into Robert De Niro, and if they went to numerous houses in numerous cities around the world under witness protection. Expand
  27. Nov 13, 2014
    4
    "The Family" 10 Scale Rating: 4.0 (Bad) ...

    The Good: The first half is decent as the fish out of water cliche actually works. DeNiro, Jones, D'Leo, Agron, and Pfeiffer are all game as the film is amusing and interesting early on. The Bad: Then the tone dramatically shifts to a very dark and action packed film. I don't mind genre switching when done right, but this was poorly done.
    "The Family" 10 Scale Rating: 4.0 (Bad) ...

    The Good: The first half is decent as the fish out of water cliche actually works. DeNiro, Jones, D'Leo, Agron, and Pfeiffer are all game as the film is amusing and interesting early on.

    The Bad: Then the tone dramatically shifts to a very dark and action packed film. I don't mind genre switching when done right, but this was poorly done. It was so jarring that it takes away from the film and causes it to lose all of it's charm.
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Metascore
42

Mixed or average reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 32
  2. Negative: 10 out of 32
  1. Reviewed by: Neil Smith
    Nov 21, 2013
    40
    Though it’s good to see Michelle Pfeiffer married to the mob again, she alone can’t redeem a lumbering farce that takes an unpleasantly sadistic glee in violence, murder and intimidation.
  2. Reviewed by: Catherine Shoard
    Nov 21, 2013
    20
    Robert De Niro does further damage to a reputation much battered by "The Big Wedding."
  3. Reviewed by: Nick de Semlyen
    Nov 19, 2013
    40
    Another to airbrush out of the De Niro back catalogue.