The Family That Preys
The Family That Preys (2008)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: September 12, 2008
DVD Release Date: January 13, 2008
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Critic Score: 52% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Tyler Perry's The Family that Preys treads the filmmaker's established terrain of family loyalty and moral uprightness, though the occasionally predictable plot slides forward, aided by an excess of soapy melodrama.

Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly

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.

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Neely Tucker
Washington Post

By far the best thing about the enterprise is Woodard. If she's not in this thing, I think it goes kaput.

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Candice Frederick
Reel Talk Online

Though the movie at times flowed like a soap opera with its dramatic turns and pregnant pauses, it kept your attention.

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Sam Adams
AV Club

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.

Bob Baker
Los Angeles Times

The film takes off when Woodard's and Bates' characters go on a Thelma & Louise-style road trip.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Whatever its other sins, the movie cannot be accused of wanting for ambition or scope.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

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.

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

The movie plays almost exactly like four daily soap episodes stitched together.

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William Goss

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 61% Flixster User Reviews
Cast: Kathy Bates, Alfre Woodard, Sanaa Lathan, Taraji P. Henson, Cole Hauser, Rockmond Dunbar, Kadee Strickland, Tyler Perry, Robin Givens, Kaira Whitehead,… More
Dannielle Albert
I wasn't a big fan of this one although it played out really well so it gets 3 stars for the great acting, directing, and script even if I didn't… More
Cynthia S.
Put Kathy Bates and Alfre Woodard in a movie together and how can you go wrong?? Can't in my opinion. This is a really good drama. Tyler Perry really seems… More
Fascade Fiveoneeight
I saw was good. Full of surprises that everyone got and deserved. All of the characters played their parts exceptionally well for you to believe the… More
Wahida K
Too much Family Drama.
Deb S
This is a touching story of love, deceit, friendship and compassion where all the evil doers get theirs and the good people triumph. Kathy Bates (Charlotte… More