Plot

A mafia boss and his family are relocated to a sleepy town in France under the witness protection program after snitching on the mob. Despite the best efforts of CIA Agent Stansfield ( Tommy Lee Jones) to keep them in line, Fred Manzoni ( Robert De Niro), his wife Maggie ( Michelle Pfeiffer) and their children Belle ( Dianna Agron) and Warren ( John D’Leo) can’t help but revert to old habits and blow their cover by handling their problems the “family” way, enabling their former mafia cronies to track them down. Chaos ensues as old scores are settled in the unlikeliest of settings in this darkly funny film by Luc Besson (Taken, Transporter).

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Release date: Sep 13, 2013
 
MPAA rating: Rated R for violence, language and brief sexuality
 
Official website: https://www.facebook.com/TheFamilyMovie
 
Runtime: 111 min
 
Movie Reviews:
  • 75
    Chicago Sun-Times - by Richard Roeper
    This is a deliberately off-kilter, cheerfully violent, hit-and-miss effort with just enough moments of inspiration to warrant a recommendation — especially if you know what you’re getting into. ...read more

  • 75
    ReelViews - by James Berardinelli
    This isn't vintage De Niro but at least there's more substance here than in a lot of his other recent projects. Michelle Pfeiffer, who flirted with this sort of a role 25 years ago in "Married to the Mob," is enjoying something of a renaissance after working only sparingly for more than a decade. ...read more

  • 75
    Miami Herald - by Rene Rodriguez
    The Family is the rare breed of pitch-black comedy that effectively uses violence for laughs or gasps, depending on the situation. ...read more

  • 67
    Entertainment Weekly - by Adam Markovitz
    Doesn't just wink at De Niro's history, it leans on it, hard. ...read more

  • 67
    The A.V. Club - by Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
    It’s at its best in the brief moments when Besson plunges into complete, comic-book-panel unreality, as in an early shot where a hitman in a black trenchcoat, black trilby hat, and black gloves emerges silencer-first from behind a wall of smoke. It's the rare occasion when you might wish a director were more over-indulgent. ...read more

  • 63
    Philadelphia Inquirer - by David Hiltbrand
    The Family is a film at once strange and intriguing. It can't seem to settle on a tone. The early eruptions of violence are treated as slapstick when they are most assuredly not. But the climactic showdown, which fairly cries out for a touch of humor, is played as a tense and grim action sequence. ...read more

  • 60
    Los Angeles Times - by Mark Olsen
    A messy brew that is a bit too slack to get all the way to actually being good. ...read more

  • 60
    The New York Times - by Stephen Holden
    The movie has holes galore. It has abrupt tonal shifts, an incoherent back story and abandoned subplots. It doesn’t even try for basic credibility. But buoyed by hot performances, it sustains a zapping electrical energy. ...

  • 60
    Village Voice - by Sherrie Li
    You can be chuckling one minute then cowering and cringing the next, which tinges the humor with apprehension and taints the brutality with absurdity. That isn't to say that the combo doesn't work at all. ...read more

  • 51
    Film.com - by Matt Patches
    It’s a sadistic comedy, both in bloodshed and groan-worthy gags. ...read more

  • 50
    The Hollywood Reporter - by Stephen Farber
    Their inside jape is unfortunately not as much fun for the audience as it may have been for the filmmakers, though it does have its piquant moments. But it’s not consistently entertaining enough either as a spoof or as a thriller. ...read more

  • 50
    Rolling Stone - by Peter Travers
    Robert De Niro – wait for it – in the role of a mobster. Now there's an original idea. ...read more

  • 50
    Movie Nation - by Roger Moore
    Besson aims his movie at anyone who’s ever held a grudge at an ill-mannered French waiter or clerk (haughty, and by the way, they’d NEVER condescend to speak to you in English). If that includes you, The Family has serves up a little wish-fulfillment payback, with a baseball bat. ...read more

  • 40
    New York Magazine (Vulture) - by David Edelstein
    But Besson — by no means a bad filmmaker — has gotten rich off that kind of violence that upsets no one, least of all jaded international action audiences. He tries to have it both ways and fails some of cinema’s most precious resources. ...read more

  • 40
    Arizona Republic - by Kerry Lengel
    Yes, The Family has skills. They’re like “The Incredibles” — except they’re heroes for sadists and sociopaths only. ...

  • 40
    The Dissolve - by Nathan Rabin
    The film is curiously joyless and inert. ...read more

  • 25
    New York Post - by Kyle Smith
    Remember when Robert De Niro was an interesting actor? These days his talent, like his character in The Family, is in the witness protection program, never to be seen again. ...read more

  • 25
    Washington Post - by Stephanie Merry
    After the movie limps along for an hour and a half, Besson suddenly switches gears and does what he does best. ...read more

  • 25
    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) - by Adam Nayman
    There isn’t a single genuinely sharp sequence in the entire movie. The casting of Robert De Niro as an ex-Mafioso hiding in witness protection is witty in only the silliest, most superficial way. It’s a joke with its own tinny, built-in laugh track. ...read more

  • 25
    Slant Magazine - by Jesse Cataldo
    A film whose only distinguishing characteristic is how big a mess it makes of its already meager ambitions. ...read more

  • 25
    The Playlist - by Gabe Toro
    The Family is ultimately a headache, nearly two hours of baseball bat beatings and dull witticisms, with zero inventiveness or energy. ...read more

  • 20
    Time Out New York - by Nick Schager
    Director Luc Besson treats his protagonists as likable cartoons yet never provides a single reason to view them as anything less than remorseless, repugnant psychos. ...read more

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User Comments & Reviews

  1. Liana Shimunova

    De Niro is a pleasure to watch in a role that calls on him to exercise his comedic chops with some degree of subtlety.