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The Family That Preys
Alfre Woodard and Kathy Bates star in writer/director Tyler Perry's family drama about an upper-crust family and their working-class counterparts, who discover that scandal knows no social boundaries. Charlotte Cartwright (Bates) and Alice Pratt (Woodard) may be from different sides of the tracks, yet over the years they've managed to nurture a strong and healthy friendship. That friendship is put to the ultimate test, however, when their adult children begin to act out in ways that neither parent ever saw coming. Alice's daughter Andrea (Sanaa Lathan) is married to a trusting… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 51%

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"This snail-paced film might as well take place in the 1950s, since it seems to have been inspired by one those Hollywood melodramas in which one company employs the entire town, and the only places free of corruption are the church and the local diner."
‑ Chuck Wilson, L.A. Weekly
"By far the best thing about the enterprise is Woodard. If she's not in this thing, I think it goes kaput."
‑ Neely Tucker, Washington Post
"Whatever its other sins, the movie cannot be accused of wanting for ambition or scope."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"(Tyler) Perry, a cinematic one-man band who wrote the script, produces, directs and plays the role of a decent husband and construction worker, is still growing as a filmmaker."
‑ Larry Ratliff, San Antonio Express-News
"A simple tale of good versus evil that also delivers solid acting and an enjoyable script"
‑ Jackie K. Cooper,
"While it's wonderful to see actresses as shamefully underemployed as Woodard and Bates on the big screen, even they can't make sense of [these] incoherent characters."
‑ Sam Adams, AV Club
"The film takes off when Woodard's and Bates' characters go on a Thelma & Louise-style road trip."
‑ Bob Baker, Los Angeles Times
"Exactly the kind of preachy, pandering, tone-shifting, gospel-laced soap opera that [Perry has] served up time and time again to his dedicated audience."
‑ William Goss, Cinematical
"To call The Family That Preys a transitional effort would be accurate and fair"
‑ Bill Gibron,
"The closest Perry has come to making something that looks like it belongs on a movie screen and not on a TV set or on the wall of a church basement."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"The Family that Preys shows grand advances in the filmmaking education of playwright-turned-filmmaker Tyler Perry. It's also his soapiest film yet, an overwrought melodrama of sibling rivalry, infidelity, family business power plays and terminal illness."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"The movie plays almost exactly like four daily soap episodes stitched together."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"I appreciate what Perry is trying to do with his films, and it's nice to see an urban film that isn't a "Gangsta Picture", but he needs to tone down the soap opera qualities and let his stories unfold naturally."
‑ Austin Kennedy, Sin Magazine
"It has Tyler Perry's trademark trio: sincerity, spirituality, and story. And if he passes on that other "s" -- subtlety -- that's all right."
‑ Nell Minow, Beliefnet
"Well, GOod for Ty,ler Perry. He has invented his own genre of movie."
‑ Linda Cook, Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
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