The Family Tree
The Family Tree (2011)

Life in suburban Serenity, Ohio is never quite as serene as it appears. The dysfunctional Burnett family - Bunnie (Hope Davis), Jack (Dermot Mulroney) and their twin 17 year olds Eric (Max Thieriot) and Kelly (Britt Robertson) - seems like… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: August 26, 2011
DVD Release Date: November 22, 2011
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

To judge from the talent she drew for her shaky debut, Vivi Friedman must either be very well connected or an awfully smooth talker.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

The only reason I can think of to watch Vivi Friedman's flat, satirical farce "The Family Tree" - and it's not a good enough reason - is the opportunity to play a game of spot the semi-star.

David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...a misguided and thoroughly obnoxious piece of work that wears out its welcome almost immediately.

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Sara Stewart
New York Post

"Mad Men" devotees may show up for Christina Hendricks, who plays Mulroney's buxom secretary. Quite the acting stretch.

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Mark Holcomb
Village Voice

[It makes] a small case for not succumbing to nostalgic malaise -- too bad it's in a genre as played-out as [the] lead characters' passion.

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Jackie K. Cooper

There are too many branches on this tree trying to give every unemployed actor in Hollywood a job.

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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times

Friedman's inability to successfully reconcile the film's duality undercuts an eclectic cast gamely committed to Mark Lisson's thematically ambitious, if scattered, script.

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Sean Kernan
We Got This Covered

The Family Tree is a surprisingly funny dysfunctional family comedy that manages to entertain throughout.

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Brandon Judell

So in the end what we are presented with is a mildly affable comedy of familial dysfunction that wants to chide the times for being both morally and emotionally obtuse. Instead, The Family Tree winds up being little more than a film uprooted.

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This film reminded me on my high-school days when we were looking for crazy and shallow movies with lots of funny situations in impossible surrounding... and… More