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Instant Family Reviews

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January 10, 2020
This is an enjoyable family movie that feels honest and authentic even with some slapstick thrown in for good measure.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
October 10, 2019
First impressions here point to an amiable, if ineffectual middle-of-the-road comedy. Nothing wrong with that.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 25, 2019
It's a movie that seems to care more than I thought it would. It's a good try. And it's a yes from me. Instant Family is a pleasant and unexpectedly fulfilling time at the movies indeed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
August 27, 2019
This is a cute family film for the holidays.
August 23, 2019
I enjoyed the heck out of Instant Family.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 12, 2019
Instant Family is a feel-good film during the holiday season and one that should be seen by everyone as it might just start a much-needed dialogue.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
July 6, 2019
Despite warnings from their counsellors, wannabe parents Pete and Ellie Wagner are fathoms out of their depth with the defence mechanisms of foster-system children.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 19, 2019
mawkish and misjudged
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
May 14, 2019
Instant Family brings the frank discussion about the trials of parenting and foster to the forefront of this genuinely funny and sincere production.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
May 6, 2019
Thanks to strong performances, an incisive script and smart direction, Instant Family is a sweet, touching and endearing movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 1, 2019
This is far less of an exaggerated comedy than it appears, and I dare say you'll be well rewarded with genuine family entertainment that doesn't talk down to its intended audience
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
April 11, 2019
For the most part, Anders does a fairly good job tugging at the heartstrings while trying to navigate a complicated topic...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 20, 2019
A kindhearted but thoughtless film that contains some troubling metaphors and doubles as a huge PR stunt for National CASA, an organization that would have been better served by simply throwing Mark Wahlberg in an actual commercial.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
March 9, 2019
There's instant gratification to be found with Instant Family, an earnest film whose generosity of spirit enables it to smooth over the rough patches.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 5, 2019
Anders' semi-autobiographical comedy is the perfect blend of humour and heart. The strong chemistry among the cast allows this makeshift family to feel authentic.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
March 5, 2019
The film does touch on the difficult, testing and heart-breaking moments of having an instant family
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 1, 2019
It's a sweet if stumbling film, though it hints at Anders' emotional intelligence. If he trusted himself to let that shine onscreen, it could be a game-changer.
February 28, 2019
It's not out of this world and yet, it is a welcome surprise. [Full Review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 21, 2019
But that's Instant Family, a film that comes with all its flaws easy to see and just as easy to forgive.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 18, 2019
But for every modestly funny moment there is something over-shrill or lacking in taste.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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