It Runs in the Family
It Runs in the Family (2003)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: April 25, 2003
DVD Release Date: October 21, 2003
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Critic Score: 29% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Despite its gimmick casting, the movie ultimately goes nowhere.

Rex Reed
New York Observer

A funny, articulate, imperfect, sometimes messy, often infuriatingly sentimental, but always caring and spirited movie.

Claudia Puig
USA Today

Worthwhile, though the story is predictable.

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Disappointing story of a dysfunctional family.

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Ed Park
Village Voice

Goes easy on the schmaltz, and the catastrophes have the puncturing feel of real life.

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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star

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.

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Ryan Cracknell
Apollo Guide

Even though it flaunts its wealth, It Runs in the Family is a worthy tribute to all things Douglas.

Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

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.

Mary Brennan
Seattle Times

A pretty unpalatable blend of syrup and formaldehyde-basted turkey.

Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Alberta)

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 28% Flixster User Reviews
jay nixon
A scattershot mess whose only interest is the casting of three generations of Douglases in the main roles.
Leo L
Simply beautiful!
Cast: Kirk Douglas, Michael Douglas, Bernadette Peters, Rory Culkin, Cameron Douglas, Diana Darrid Douglas, Michelle Monaghan, Geoffrey Arend, Sarita Choudhury,… More
Sunil Jawahir
Not really very original and pretty dull in parts.