The Addams Family
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Inspired more by the 1960s TV series than by the original Charles Addams New Yorker cartoons, The Addams Family proved to be one of the more successful of the TV shows-turned-movies of the 1990s. The film opens on a recreation of the magazine cartoon wherein the ghoulish Addamses prepare to pour hot oil upon a group of merry Christmas carolers. After a series of vignettes which establish the characters of Gomez (Raul Julia), Morticia (Anjelica Huston), Wednesday (Christina Ricci), Pugsley (Jimmy Workman) and family servants Lurch (Carel Struycken) and Thing (Christopher Hart), the plot proper… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 60%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"They're creepy and they're predictable? Mysterious and rather tame?"
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"Despite inspired casting and nifty visual trappings, the eagerly awaited Addams Family figures as a major disappointment."
‑ , Variety
"Dark comedy with macabre humor for teens."
‑ Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
"Cinematographer-turned-director Barry Sonnenfeld and screenwriters Larry Wilson and Caroline Thompson haven't solved the problem of how to construct a film around a one-joke concept."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Basically plotless, this big-screen transfer of the cult TV series has some good vignettes and some good performances by Anjelica Huston, Christina Ricci and others."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Ooky the Addamses may be, subversive they ain't; it plays like a paean to the nuclear family."
‑ , Time Out
"Ooky the Addamses may be, subversive they ain't; it plays like a paean to the nuclear family."
‑ , Time Out New York
"Deliciously sick and delightfully cast."
‑ Angie Errigo, Empire Magazine
"Funny feature film version of the classic TV show, and just as ghoulishly hilarious."
‑ Steve Crum, Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers
"creepy and funny"
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"An extended collection of one-liners and not much more."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"The film's aimlessness and repetitiveness eventually become draining."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"A twisted treat."
‑ , Film4
"The plot is a threadbare thing indeed."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"Great translation of the classic television series."
‑ Michael A. Smith, Nolan's Pop Culture Review
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