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Based on 7 Reviews
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  • 38
    Chuck Bowen Slant Magazine

    A few trite race and religion jokes goose up what's mostly a sentimental story of a dysfunctional family suddenly and magically learning to function again. show more

  • 25
    New York Post

    Family Tree, which seems to have been written using indie-film Mad Libs, devolves into way too many quirky subplots. show more

  • 40
    Time Out New York

    Surprise! The upper-middle-class family is still rotten to the core. In Vivi Friedman's overstuffed farce, the parents cheat on each other, the daughter dresses like a streetwalker, and the Bible-thumping son starts carrying a Glock. show more

  • 40
    Village Voice

    Thin as it is, Family Tree is no slog - the droll, attentive performances by Davis and Mulroney are endearing, and the extraneous guest-star bits (including Christina Hendricks as a secretary, no less) and rambling B stories aren't overly distracting. show more

  • 40
    Gary Goldstein Los Angeles Times

    Director Vivi Friedman's inability to successfully reconcile the film's duality undercuts an eclectic cast gamely committed to Mark Lisson's thematically ambitious, if scattered, script. show more

  • 40

    Suffers from severe problems of tone, a surfeit of undeveloped plot points and characters, and bland direction. show more

  • 10
    Stephen Holden The New York Times

    The only reason I can think of to watch Vivi Friedman's flat, satirical farce The Family Tree - and it's not a good enough reason - is the opportunity to play a game of spot the semi-star. show more

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