It Runs in the Family
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It Runs in the Family
A family takes on the difficult task of learning how to get along with one another in this emotional comedy drama. Alex Gromberg (Michael Douglas) is a middle-aged man who feels caught in the middle of his familial obligations as he muddles he way through a midlife crisis. While a successful businessman, Alex sometimes still feels as if he's under the shadow of his father, Mitchell Gromberg (Kirk Douglas), a successful attorney whose skills in the courtroom outstripped his gifts as a parent. Elderly Mitchell has recently survived a stroke, and Alex and Mitchell want to mend their… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 28%

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"A funny, articulate, imperfect, sometimes messy, often infuriatingly sentimental, but always caring and spirited movie."
‑ Rex Reed, New York Observer
"Worthwhile, though the story is predictable."
‑ Claudia Puig, USA Today
"Disappointing story of a dysfunctional family."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"For what passes as a story, it's bickering and sniping, followed by outright hostility."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
". . . few audience members will find something in the mélange of clichéd and clever ideas that doesn't personally resonate at some level. It Runs In the Family knows the words, but not the music. . ."
‑ Todd Gilchrist,
"Goes easy on the schmaltz, and the catastrophes have the puncturing feel of real life."
‑ Ed Park, Village Voice
"Acting together for the first time, Kirk and Michael Douglas have some powerful scenes together, which only makes you wish the entire project had tilted more towards Eugene O'Neill than Neil Simon."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"Even though it flaunts its wealth, It Runs in the Family is a worthy tribute to all things Douglas."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Apollo Guide
"'Tiene el grave defecto de un guión mal estructurado, que desaprovecha el talento de los protagonistas con diálogos poco creíbles y algunas situaciones forzadas'"
‑ Jorge Avila Andrade, Moviola
"To show up to the set everyday must have been a chore in itself, but to actually read some of these lines and play some of these scenes with the little-to-no direction they seem to have received is a sign of true dedication."
‑ Mark Dujsik, Mark Reviews Movies
"A lot of things, we see coming about three scenes in advance ... But, the three generations of Douglas' in particular, that's why I'm recommending this film."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"A pretty unpalatable blend of syrup and formaldehyde-basted turkey."
‑ Mary Brennan, Seattle Times
"Like those family albums you take out of the drawer every so often...a collection of fairly bland scenes that mean a lot more to the people in the picture than anyone else."
‑ Brian Gibson, Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
"It seems as though the Douglas' were desperate to work together so they didn't bother going out to find a quality film."
‑ Josh Gilchrist,
"Endearing moments battle with forced melodrama to produce a muddled family portrait both tiresome and tender."
‑ Tyler Hanley, Palo Alto Weekly
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