The Perfect Family


Mixed or average reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 13
  2. Negative: 3 out of 13
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  1. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    May 10, 2012
    The film's single saving grace is Turner, who channels that legendary Catholic guilt like there is no tomorrow.
  2. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    May 3, 2012
    While they have all the materials needed for a sharp satire, they're too timid to arrive at any real revelations.
  3. Reviewed by: Ian Buckwalter
    May 8, 2012
    Renton's approach is, to its benefit, fair and never strident. But it's also gentle and cautious, often to a fault.
  4. Reviewed by: Alison Willmore
    May 2, 2012
    Turner's interactions with Deschanel are so much weightier than the rest of the film that the other storylines seem extraneous.
  5. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    Apr 28, 2012
    This debut feature by Anne Renton doesn't quite find the proper tone to convey its heartfelt message.
  6. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    May 3, 2012
    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: Sam Adams
    May 1, 2012
    Turner seems stifled by the joyless role of a woman whose only purpose is to be taught the error of her sanctimonious ways.
  8. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    Apr 28, 2012
    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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