In the Family
In the Family (2012)

In the town of Martin, Tennessee, Chip Hines, a precocious six year old, has only known life with his two dads, Cody and Joey. And a good life it is. When Cody dies suddenly in a car accident, Joey and Chip struggle to find their footing… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: June 25, 2013
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96%
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77%


Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

To see it is to sit there for long stretches amazed at how clumsy, fake and misguided it is. But then, five minutes later you might easily be riveted and moved by its awkward brilliance.

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Guy Dixon
Globe and Mail

As Wang holds us in rapt attention, not only with his steady pacing, but with the hard realism of the screenplay, the characters retain a coldness that never breaks.

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Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

On paper, In the Family is an 'issue movie'...But in practice, it's a made-to-scale love story and a thoughtful family drama. In other words, it's a true rarity of contemporary cinema. [Blu-ray]

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Marsha McCreadie
Village Voice

Trevor St. John is cute and broody-mouthed as the deceased lover; Wang, the movie's writer-director, is touchingly, disarmingly open; and the kid, Sebastian Banes, is adorable.

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Bruce Demara
Toronto Star

Wang chooses gentle storytelling as a tool of persuasion rather than soap-box hectoring to make his point: that love - in all its forms - can transcend the greatest obstacles.

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Christopher Null
Film Racket

an amazing piece of work, a quiet, introspective indie film that will have you rethinking everything

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Keith Uhlich
Time Out New York

No doubt you've noticed the nearly three-hour runtime, but please don't let that dissuade you: Every moment counts in this gripping tale ...

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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter

This deeply humanistic, profoundly touching work representing independent cinema at its finest should be seen by far wider audiences.

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Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest

(Writer-director Patrick) Wang's deliberate, naturalistic style proves to be both a strength and a weakness. In the final analysis, the overall timeliness of Wang's storyline as well as the film's lack of sentimentality is of considerable value.

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Flixster Audience Score: 77% Flixster User Reviews
Alec Barniskis
The potential for over-the-top, weepy melodrama with this kind of material is obvious, but Patrick Wang opts for quiet realism. While the film sidesteps nearly… More