The Family Stone
The Family Stone (2005)

A man brings his ice-queen girlfriend home for Christmas to meet his eccentric family. Overwhelmed by the hostile reception, the girlfriend begs her sister to join her for emotional support, only to trigger more problems.

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: December 16, 2005
DVD Release Date: May 2, 2006
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Critic Score: 52% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: This family holiday dramedy features fine performances but awkward shifts of tone.

Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

I can't deny the incidental pleasures of watching these talented players giving it their all, even in such a misguided project.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

A feel-bad holiday film about a repellent family, with a milquetoast dad and a smug, devious harpy of a mom.

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Jay Antani
Cinema Writer

a gob of yuletide Play-Doh

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James Berardinelli

It's worth two hours for those who appreciate this kind of workmanlike, low-risk drama.

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Mike Clark
USA Today

This is one busy wannabe heart-tugger.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

I loved it.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

Some will find it touching, some will be too weary of the plot contrivances and the smug Stone family to care.

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Susan Walker
Toronto Star

The Family Stone is a lot slyer than you might expect.

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David Noh
Film Journal International

The farcical elements are much too loaded to provide any real fun, and the Stones come off more as sanctimonious, politically correct left-wing prigs than enchanting.

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Flixster Audience Score: 63% Flixster User Reviews
Candy Rose
Everett brings his uptight girlfriend Meredith (SJP) home to meet his family at Christmas with disastrous consequences. From the trailer this looks like a funny… More
jay nixon
A cast full of talented people but the characters are so unpleasant why would you want to spend a hour with them.
Christopher Heim
The cast give it their best shot, but they can't save this film from a script full of contrived drama and jarring tone inconsistencies. When the film is… More
Bethany Murphy
Heartwarming. Everyone in this film was exceptional. The acting was outstanding and the story was cleverly and beautifully written. You don't except the… More
Jameson Worley
Completely underrated! Great film!
♥Robyn M♥
It's Christmas, and the Stone family is welcoming back all its siblings for the holidays,Its supposed to be the season of good will, but theres not much of… More