Instant Family - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

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
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 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
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 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.
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