The Perfect Family (2012)



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The Perfect Family stars Kathleen Turner as suburban mother and devout Catholic Eileen Cleary, who has always kept up appearances. When she runs for the Catholic Woman of the Year title at her local parish, her final test is introducing her family to the board for the seal of approval. Now she must finally face the nonconformist family she has been glossing over for years... -- (C) Variance Films

Rating: PG-13 (for mature thematic material)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Claire V. Riley, Paula Goldberg
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 26, 2012
Box Office: $0.1M
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as Eileen Cleary

as Frank Cleary

as Frank Jr.

as Monsignor Murphy

as Mary Donovan

as Agnes Dunn

as Christina Reyes

as Louis Reyes

as Theresa Henessy

as Carmelita

as Bishop Donnelly

as Sister Joan

as Mrs. Punch

as Greta Russert

as Susan O'Connor

as Nurse
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Critic Reviews for The Perfect Family

All Critics (33) | Top Critics (17)

It would be ripe territory for self-reflection if this sloppy debut from filmmaker Anne Renton weren't plagued with as much self-doubt and uncertainty as its lead Catholic.

Full Review… | May 17, 2012
Arizona Republic
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At the most fundamental level, as a work of entertainment, it fails. Scenes meander pointlessly, beginning and ending without any change or story movement.

Full Review… | May 10, 2012
San Francisco Chronicle
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A moving story of a woman's attempt to keep pace in a world that's moving too quickly for her.

Full Review… | May 10, 2012
Seattle Times
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A leaden, ham-fisted affair that was exactly the sort of pap John Waters was spoofing when he cast Turner as a serial-killing soccer mom.

Full Review… | May 10, 2012
Miami Herald
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The film's gentle, sentimental approach prevents it from ever really getting at the pain that's been swirling around this imperfect family for years.

Full Review… | May 4, 2012
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"The Perfect Family'' is Kathleen Turner's show. And when a series of crises forces Eileen to re-examine her values and beliefs, Turner rises magnificently to the occasion.

Full Review… | May 4, 2012
New York Post
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Audience Reviews for The Perfect Family


I actually liked this a little more than I thought I would. I can't help feel that it would have been a better movie without Kathleen Turner, though....

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

"The Perfect Family is like so many other family films that I have seen dealing with religion, having a gay/lesbian child and of course the one screw up. I thought that maybe I would see some originality with this film, but not so much. The story has been done. This one is a bit different except it has the same conclusion as the one's that have come before it.
The mother is stricken with guilt over the sins she has commited in her past and present. She is in constant denial about the choices her family has made about their own lives and continues to live in this bliss until it all comes crumbling down around her.
The acting was semi good. Nothing to write the award shows about.
So in the end it was just OK for me."


Super Reviewer

The film is rather diffuse but Kathleen Turner is masterful in her ability to convey this woman's many sides and internal struggle. It's a shame the film that surrounds her isn't more tightly written.

jay nixon

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