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Mixed or average reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 13
  2. Negative: 3 out of 13
  1. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    May 10, 2012
    40
    The film's single saving grace is Turner, who channels that legendary Catholic guilt like there is no tomorrow.
  2. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    May 10, 2012
    25
    A useless film in every possible way.
  3. Reviewed by: Michelle Orange
    May 2, 2012
    65
    It's still a kick to watch Kathleen Turner don a housedress and trade soothing pieties with Richard Chamberlain. The Perfect Family feels like it could have been more than that, but I suppose counting its blessings is the more Christian thing to do.
  4. Reviewed by: Ian Buckwalter
    May 8, 2012
    45
    Renton's approach is, to its benefit, fair and never strident. But it's also gentle and cautious, often to a fault.
  5. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    May 4, 2012
    75
    Make no mistake, though: The Perfect Family is Kathleen Turner's show. And when a series of crises forces Eileen to re-examine her values and beliefs, Turner rises magnificently to the occasion.
  6. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    May 3, 2012
    40
    The dialogue in the film, directed by Anne Renton from a screenplay by Claire V. Riley and Paula Goldberg, has the loud, mechanical clicketyclack of a 40-year-old episode of "All in the Family."
  7. Reviewed by: Diego Costa
    May 3, 2012
    25
    Having the far from goody-goody Kathleen Turner play a holier-than-thou mother bent on winning a devout church title is an inherently hilarious premise.
  8. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    May 3, 2012
    40
    While they have all the materials needed for a sharp satire, they're too timid to arrive at any real revelations.
  9. Reviewed by: Alison Willmore
    May 2, 2012
    50
    Turner's interactions with Deschanel are so much weightier than the rest of the film that the other storylines seem extraneous.
  10. Reviewed by: Sam Adams
    May 1, 2012
    40
    Turner seems stifled by the joyless role of a woman whose only purpose is to be taught the error of her sanctimonious ways.
  11. Reviewed by: Ernest Hardy
    May 1, 2012
    30
    Renton's competing tones and intentions result in a film at odds with itself and its lead performance.
  12. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    Apr 28, 2012
    50
    This debut feature by Anne Renton doesn't quite find the proper tone to convey its heartfelt message.
  13. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    Apr 28, 2012
    60
    Watching a consummate pro like Turner navigate an uneven script, veering from farcical determination, her cheeks puffed like those of a demented chipmunk, to utter devastation, can be immensely entertaining, particularly when she's backed by an able cast, as she is here.

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