• Network: Netflix
  • Series Premiere Date: Aug 9, 2019
Metascore
63

Generally favorable reviews - based on 5 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Ann Donahue
    Aug 14, 2019
    83
    “The Family” is a profoundly troubling examination of the theocracy that wields power behind-the-scenes in Washington D.C.
  2. Reviewed by: Aaron Barnhart
    Sep 4, 2019
    70
    From adulterous senators to anti-LGBTQ European demagogues to African gangster-statesmen, The Family shows over and over how The Fellowship was co-opted by politicians to curry favor with the evangelical power structure. ... What The Family doesn’t do is explain why The Fellowship exists in the first place. Why were so many upstanding men (and, um, some women in there, somewhere) not only drawn to Fellowship work but committed to it for years?
  3. Reviewed by: Sophie Gilbert
    Aug 14, 2019
    60
    Moss embraces the stylistic trappings of conspiratorial exposés to tell his story—dramatic reenactments, a plinky and faintly menacing piano score, selective splicing of clips featuring Maria Butina and Muammar Gaddafi. And yet, as the series continues, it’s unclear whether the Fellowship is as powerful as it would like to be, or whether its aura of mystery is its most distinct asset.
  4. Reviewed by: Jen Chaney
    Aug 14, 2019
    60
    Clearly, The Family is trying to run a lot of threads through the needle here, and director Jesse Moss, who directed the excellent documentary The Overnighters, lets some of them hang a little too loosely. ... It wasn’t that there’s no “there” there — there’s more than enough “there” — but Moss leaves out some crucial pieces of the puzzle that would make it complete.
  5. Reviewed by: Brian Tallerico
    Aug 16, 2019
    50
    Moss leaves a lot of this open to interpretation, but the result is a project that can feel like an information dump more often than a film. It’s often like one of those conspiracy theory videos that throws out a ton of information but never shapes it into something with meaning.
User Score
4.9

Mixed or average reviews- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 8
  2. Negative: 3 out of 8
  1. May 19, 2020
    4
    This documentary does a good job of bringing to the forefront the subversive Christian elitism in the United States and those who justifyThis documentary does a good job of bringing to the forefront the subversive Christian elitism in the United States and those who justify their status and wealth under a pretext that is equivalent to a just-world fallacy masquerading as Christianity. It's basically about a semi-formal cult of prosperity gospel elites circle-jerking around their own egos and finding justification for their own narcissistic sociopathy... Mixed in with some weird bootlicking fraternity that forgoes sex in exchange for cleaning the toilets of powerful men.

    The problem with the series is it just feels way too protracted. What was explained in five episodes could have been explained in one. It almost feels like a several hour long promotional video for the book it is based off of. I could have learned more just by reading Wikipedia for less than half an hour.

    About the only interesting moment in the documentary series is when a guy named Larry Anderson from the Portland Men's Group actually confronts the filmmaker Jesse Moss about his crew's lack of diversity. Moss is at a loss for words and it is kind of entertaining to see him struggle to answer. Kudos to him for keeping that scene in. This happens near the beginning of the last episode, "Wolf King."

    By the end of the series, I'm just glad it isn't any longer. While it does inform and certainly provides a lot of evidence to support its arguments, it is a slugfest to watch... And in many instances information is repeated numerous times.
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  2. Dec 2, 2019
    0
    typical slander and libel by the leftist traitors who use the soviet media and news companies to slime christians, white people and anyonetypical slander and libel by the leftist traitors who use the soviet media and news companies to slime christians, white people and anyone accused of wrongthink by the leftists. note how neither the media outlets reporting on 'the family' bother to let them get a word in edgewise and present this farce as a 'documentary' which it isnt. sad. Full Review »
  3. Aug 22, 2019
    10
    This show exemplifies the uniting Power in the name of Jesus and how it's effect had and have always resonated in the corridors of power.This show exemplifies the uniting Power in the name of Jesus and how it's effect had and have always resonated in the corridors of power. Brilliant docuseries. Do Jesus. Be Jesus.

    Great show!
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