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Based on 35 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 3 )
  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Keaton, a sorceress at blending humor and heartbreak, honors the film with a grace that makes it stick in the memory. show more

  • 25
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Bezucha made something perverse, a feel-bad holiday film about a repellent family, with a milquetoast dad and a smug, devious harpy of a mom. show more

  • 75
    Mike Clark USA Today

    As stuffed with beguiling performances - some of them unexpectedly good - as its script is overstuffed. And though even the beguiled may feel manipulated the next morning (or when hitting the exits), the players put it over by a nose. Happy holidays. show more

  • 63
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    The slapstick weeper The Family Stone is a lump of coal brightened by four diamond-sharp performances. show more

  • 63
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    A machine-tooled entertainment that's as fake and flimsy as a plastic Christmas tree. The only reason the movie isn't as bad as it has a right to be is the marvelous Diane Keaton. show more

  • 50
    Sheri Linden The Hollywood Reporter

    Spends too much time on unconvincing romantic-comedy contrivances to be consistently engaging. Throughout the uneven film and its mixed bag of performances, the compelling point of focus is Diane Keaton's smart, funny, spot-on natural portrait of the formidable Stone matriarch. show more

  • 88

    The Family Stone may not be super-serious or even, well, sly, but none of that matters: this is a warm and engaging film that is sure to become a perennial Christmas favorite. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Silly at times, leaning toward the screwball tradition of everyone racing around the house at the same time in a panic fueled by serial misunderstandings. There is also a thoughtful side. show more

  • 75
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    A satisfying, big-hearted celebration of diversity that will brighten holiday moviegoing. show more

  • 75
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    Indie director Bezucha has held on to just enough individuality to breathe a little life into the cliches. show more

  • September 20, 2010 Shannon
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    A horribly awful movie. It was not only awkward but completely useless. It had no meaning and Sarah Jessica Parker was the WORST! Awkward, horrible movie to skip. Well, actually see it and write a truthful review because these others that say see it aren't truthful.

  • March 04, 2010 Shputnik3
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    I loved this movie. I was crying so hard at the end, I couldn't actually leave the theatre until about 5 minutes after the credits had rolled. It's a perfectly weighted, beautifully filmed, well told story.

  • December 20, 2009 hockibabe
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    I LOVED this movie...Keaton & Nelson were fabulous and the girl who played Amy was fantastic....I don't know what it is but people like SJP and J.Aniston (I know JA wasn't in family stone) but they are just NOT believable in movie's....nothing is wrong with the small screen. As far as the big screen, it ain't working

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