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Instant Family Reviews

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February 18, 2019
But for every modestly funny moment there is something over-shrill or lacking in taste.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 18, 2019
Lumps form in the throat and attention is held as Anders treats the issue with the dignity it deserves, even if the odd lashing of mawkishness gets through.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 18, 2019
Even though this rare hint of conviction in a Hollywood family comedy is quite refreshing, it's still accompanied by the genre's usual stuffing: lame jokes, schmaltzy emotions and a ridiculously perfect house.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
February 18, 2019
Veering wildly between ribald jokes, serious discussions about child abuse and scenes of saccharine sentimentality, the whole thing falls flatter than a Joanna Lumley BAFTA monologue.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
February 17, 2019
Anders and his wife are parents to three adopted children, and there's a sense of verisimilitude and attention to detail regarding both the joys and the travails of foster care.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 15, 2019
I was surprisingly taken by it.
February 15, 2019
The ending is hardly revolutionary, but there are some satisfying twists along the way and a cast of characters whose fate you find yourself caring about.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 15, 2019
Wahlberg's comic timing is exceptional, and Byrne -- the perfect sparring partner -- brings out the best in him.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 15, 2019
It's a very well-acted display, and you know something else? It's far better than we had any right to expect. A feel-good movie for everyone? Oh, go on, then.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 15, 2019
Anders attempts to distil the myriad complexities of adoption into a two-hour slab of entertainment. Whether that's a worthy objective or not, it's not an easy one. Unsurprisingly, he fails.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
February 15, 2019
If it can't entirely banish the spectre of 12A-rated blandness from its doorstep, Instant Family retains the obvious appeal of watching basically nice people attempt a fundamentally decent thing for a few hours.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 15, 2019
Moving, endearing and entertaining. This is a far more thoughtful and accomplished family comedy than expected.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 14, 2019
Effective Hallmark sentiment, some terrific darkly humorous banter from Octavia Spencer and Tig Notaro's case workers, and a grand lump-in-the-throat finale that salutes foster carers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 14, 2019
The film is boosted immeasurably by Byrne and Wahlberg, who make a snappily appealing comic pair and bounce off each other well in the film's many fraught parenting moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 13, 2019
Sean Anders' film begins bearably; becomes Hollywoodish; ends up as diabetes-grade comedy schmaltz.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
February 12, 2019
Don't expect any real grit, though: the Hollywood ending slips down as easily as warm chocolate sauce.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 12, 2019
The movie is still well worth a look for the solid performances and a textured exploration of an important issue.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 12, 2019
For all its formula, Instant Family is a winning confection, unafraid to go to unexpected dramatic places and elevated by Byrne's gift as a comedy foil and Moner's lively but subtle turn.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 11, 2019
A funny, weepy, big ol' hug of a comedic drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
February 11, 2019
A feel-good comedy drama that squeezes laughs and sentiment from its fostering theme.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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