Cold Turkey
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Thanksgiving get-together for the eccentric Turner clan goes from bad to worse when estranged daughter Nina (Witt) makes a surprise visit home for the first time in 15 years. Nina clashes with her stepmother Deborah (Hines), and sister, Lindsay (Walger), while half-brother Jacob (Holmes) tries to keep a massive gambling debt a secret. Meanwhile, family patriarch Poppy (Bogdanovich) has his own dramatic news to share. Cold Turkey is a black comedy about how - despite our best efforts - we all eventually turn into our parents. (c) FilmBuff

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 20%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"[Writer-Director Will] Slocombe may not carve up his kin for Cold Turkey" but he serves a wry repast."
‑ Bill Stamets, Chicago Sun-Times
""Cold Turkey" has some fine actors who put effort into their roles, but it's getting harder and harder to care about or laugh at adult characters who have botched up their affluent lives and are still obsessed with events from childhood."
‑ Neil Genzlinger, New York Times
"... feels more contrived than authentic in its exploration of familiar domestic territory."
‑ Todd Jorgenson,
"The recipe for this wannabe black comedy is fractured, unfocused and all-too-familiar, engendering little emotional involvement."
‑ Susan Granger, SSG Syndicate
"Cold Turkey is a simmering piece of holiday dystopia with a good, scorching boil-over."
‑ David Edelstein, New York Magazine/Vulture
"Writer-director Will Slocombe presents a familiar buffet, but there's good stuff to pick over."
‑ Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News
"The discomfort found in the feature is overwhelming at times, which is a lot more interesting than many of the dramatic developments Slocombe serves up."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"The wound-up bickering of Cold Turkey is all show -- devoid of any attachment to real characters, feelings or problems."
‑ Brent Simon,
"[A] tiresome cavalcade of bickering - which feels like it lasts even longer than your typical Thanksgiving dinner."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"Plenty of families harbor resentments, but the goings-on here become ridiculous."
‑ Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"While featuring much screaming, accusations, collision of agendas, and the exhuming of dirty secrets, the film remains emotionally tone deaf."
‑ Veronika Ferdman, Slant Magazine
"Cold Turkey is well-acted, and at times even well-observed, but about 20 minutes of the material actually matters, and the rest is mere putter."
‑ Noel Murray, The Dissolve
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