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The Perfect Family (2012)

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38

Average Rating: 5/10
Critic Reviews: 16
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 10

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37

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Average Rating: 3/5
User Ratings: 3,904

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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

PG-13,

Drama, Comedy

Jun 26, 2012

$0.1M

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All Critics (33) | Top Critics (16) | Fresh (16) | Rotten (17) | DVD (1)

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.

May 17, 2012 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
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.

May 10, 2012 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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.

May 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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.

May 10, 2012 Full Review Source: 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.

May 4, 2012 Full Review Source: NPR
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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.

May 4, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Post
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This Kathleen Turner vehicle is a stiff, a picture with so little urgency that it drags on like a sermon without end, with all the flavor of a communion wafer.

January 4, 2013 Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

Turner is terrific, but The Perfect Family doesn't know quite what to do with her energy, eventually taking on so much surplus woe, there's no chance for a clean exit.

May 11, 2012 Full Review Source: BrianOrndorf.com
BrianOrndorf.com

Hollywood generally avoids religion whenever possible. The Perfect Family, a sweet and touching indie comedy-drama, tackles the subject head-on without offending or alienating anyone.

May 8, 2012 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

A resolutely middle-of-the-road affair that never locates and communicates a very persuasive reason for its existence, or even a compelling dramatic throughline. A cinematic 'meh' if ever there were one.

May 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Shockya.com
Shockya.com

Religion butts heads mercilessly with romance in this ironically titled dysfunctional family values dramedy. But the premeditated plot points are simply too blatantly stacked against traditional matrimonial tribes, in favor of idealized same sex unions.

May 5, 2012 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze
NewsBlaze

In this dramedy, Kathleen Turner is sincerely sympathetic, as faith triumphs over religion.

May 5, 2012 Full Review Source: SSG Syndicate
SSG Syndicate

This often amusing pro-gay comedy delivers a dysfunctional family and religious orthodoxy in extremis with a bright cast headed by a droll Kathleen Turner.

May 4, 2012 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

The trailers make it look like an irreverent, iconoclastic satire; in fact it's dramatic - when it isn't dull and obvious.

May 4, 2012 Full Review Source: Hollywood & Fine
Hollywood & Fine

The movie teeters on the edge of caricature, but Kathleen Turner keeps it grounded and relatable.

May 3, 2012 Full Review Source: amNewYork
amNewYork

An anodyne tale of family-centered acceptance that's neither comical when it wants to be nor touching when it strivers for pathos.

May 3, 2012 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Turner's interactions with Deschanel are so much weightier than the rest of the film that the other storylines seem extraneous.

May 3, 2012 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

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....
January 9, 2014
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"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."
October 14, 2012
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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.
July 14, 2012
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jay nixon

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    1. Eileen Cleary: I don't have to think! I'm a Catholic!
    – Submitted by Chris P (23 months ago)
    1. Eileen Cleary: It's a sin to boast.
    – Submitted by Chris P (23 months ago)
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