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Based on 9 Reviews
critic reviews (9)
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 50
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    It is probably unlike any movie you've ever seen, and in ways both bad and good. It is, by turns, inept and brilliant, shockingly amateurish and inspired. To see it is to sit there for long stretches amazed at how clumsy, fake and misguided it is. But then, five minutes later you might easily be riveted and moved by its awkward brilliance. show more

  • 90
    Frank Scheck The Hollywood Reporter

    This deeply humanistic, profoundly touching work representing independent cinema at its finest should be seen by far wider audiences. show more

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    What a courageous first feature this is, a film that sidesteps shopworn stereotypes and tells a quiet, firm, deeply humanist story about doing the right thing. It is a film that avoids any message or statement and simply shows us, with infinite sympathy, how the life of a completely original character can help us lead our own. show more

  • 100
    Slant Magazine

    An acutely felt, altogether devastating family drama as intimate and affecting as it is sprawling and untamed. show more

  • 63
    The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Despite a number of plot twists, In the Family is more about its constant blanks and dead time, its silence and inert camerawork, which require a viewer to fill in the gaps with one's own perceptions of what's happening. show more

  • 100
    Keith Uhlich Time Out New York

    Wang has made a confidently intimate movie that is devastatingly larger-than-life. show more

  • 90
    Robert Abele Los Angeles Times

    Deliberate and marked by uncommon grace, In The Family manages to feel politically and culturally acute without ever resorting to melodrama, or having to wave banners for issues or causes, except perhaps in its quiet way for a renewed humanism in movies and a return to stories about everyday lives. show more

  • 90
    The New York Times

    Mr. Wang's slow-reveal psychological drama isn't just a showcase for his excellent ensemble cast. Beautifully modulated and stylistically sui generis, In the Family is also one of the most accomplished and undersold directorial debuts this year. show more

  • 70
    Village Voice

    With an incisive understanding of character, believably naturalistic acting, and lengthy scenes that don't feel stretched out so much as given room to breathe, In the Family proves that smart direction and an innate feeling for one's material trumps potentially precious subject matter. show more

  • July 20, 2012 Nat and James
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    Very thought provoking quiet little fim. The cast is quite good especially the Director/Actor . The film making however had large pauses of time with a black and balnk screen..just a bit too many minutes of a pause as oppsed to a fade out fade in. All in all the film is humane and has a big big heart with some very good moments. I recommend anyone seeing it, it is a valid issue on many levels.

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