'The Family Tree' Critic Reviews

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MovieWeb:   0 reviews
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Rotten Tomatoes:   20 reviews
  • Stephen Holden New York Times (Top Critic)
    40
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Mark Holcomb Village Voice (Top Critic)
    [It makes] a small case for not succumbing to nostalgic malaise -- too bad it's in a genre as played-out as [the] lead characters' passion.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    40
    To judge from the talent she drew for her shaky debut, Vivi Friedman must either be very well connected or an awfully smooth talker.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Sara Stewart New York Post (Top Critic)
    25
    "Mad Men" devotees may show up for Christina Hendricks, who plays Mulroney's buxom secretary. Quite the acting stretch.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Gary Goldstein Los Angeles Times (Top Critic)
    40
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Sean Kernan We Got This Covered
    80
    The Family Tree is a surprisingly funny dysfunctional family comedy that manages to entertain throughout.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • David Nusair Reel Film Reviews
    25
    ...a misguided and thoroughly obnoxious piece of work that wears out its welcome almost immediately.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Brandon Judell CultureCatch
    So in the end what we are presented with is a mildly affable comedy of familial dysfunction that wants to chide the times for being both morally and emotionally obtuse. Instead, The Family Tree winds up being little more than a film uprooted.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Jackie K. Cooper jackiekcooper.com
    40
    There are too many branches on this tree trying to give every unemployed actor in Hollywood a job.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Sean Gandert Paste Magazine
    31
    The Family Tree is never willing to try and really understand its family, instead creating wall of surface-level quirks as shorthand for their personalities.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat Spirituality and Practice
    20
    Another around-the-bend black comedy that doesn't work.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Erik Childress eFilmCritic.com
    25
    Think Overboard with masturbating, asphyxiated teens, gun-toting/weed-smoking priests, lesbian high school teachers preying on her students, a parade of wasted talent, and Bow Wow.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Ethan Alter Television Without Pity
    Davis could play a role like Bunnie in her sleep, Mulroney often seems to be asleep and the rest of the overqualified supporting cast just appears relieved that their screentime is limited.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Mark Peikert New York Press
    Like the body of a peeping tom high school student that hangs hidden in the Burnett's tree for the duration of the film, the direction of the movie remains dangling over audiences.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • David Noh Film Journal International
    This black comedy about a dysfunctional family strikes out on all counts: originality, wit and viewer tolerance.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Wilson Morales BlackFilm.com
    25
    Here's a film that consists of a hodgepodge of blah. Too many subplots are crammed into this dramedy that leaves little for emotion or laughter.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Blake French Filmcritic.com
    80
    fresh and engaging...and quite funny
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Brian Orndorf BrianOrndorf.com
    34
    There's not much dramatic glue here to huff, leaving The Family Tree satisfying on a technical level, with external developments more captivating than internal deliberation.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Chuck Bowen Slant Magazine
    38
    The Burnett clan manages to encompass virtually every cliche of any dramedy made in the last decade that has garnered or hoped to garner Oscar buzz.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Mike McGranaghan Aisle Seat
    50
    It has a terrific cast of actors doing committed work; it also has a screenplay that tries so hard to be quirky that it tires itself out.
    Full Review » 3 years ago