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The Addams Family Reviews

December 4, 2019
It's tedious but, worse, it's wasteful. The wealth of talent that has gone into its making has been frittered away in a vain attempt to pump new heart into a creation that ran out of puff long ago.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 30, 2019
Sure, The Addams Family may not reach the ghoulish heights of its predecessors, but the key ingredients are still thankfully there.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
October 28, 2019
If it ultimately feels a bit thin - more stylish pastiche than full-blooded reanimation - it should still distract your little terrors for an hour and a half.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 25, 2019
This uncreepy and decidedly unkooky film is a letdown.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 21, 2019
The message here is extremely trite and pat... There's not much to it, but if your kids want to see it, it's fine.
October 18, 2019
Its celebration of misunderstood outsiderdom is too generic to amount to much more than a bargain-basement 'Despicable Me'.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 14, 2019
With sledgehammer subtlety, it transforms the antics of the titular clan into a tract for political correctness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 13, 2019
Anyone who's still engaged by the end of the movie is probably too young to remember the original.
Full Review | Original Score: C
October 13, 2019
The film's writing is unambitious; there's little to cause adults to smile knowingly.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 13, 2019
You can tell from all the oddball minutiae... how the filmmakers are striving for fun worthy of the "Addams Family" legacy. But this incarnation just isn't the scream that it could be.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 12, 2019
Much closer in spirit to Charles Addams' ghoulishly byzantine etchings (Lurch was indeed an escapee from a home for the criminally insane) and the '60s sitcom it spawned than Barry Sonnenfeld's sleepy and pukey remodelings.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 11, 2019
The appeal of this "Addams Family," which doesn't break the mold, is simply to spend some more time in this gently spooky world, a gateway for budding creepsters and goths.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 11, 2019
Even children will understand that the theme of encouraging individual expression would be more compelling if the storyline wasn't so resolutely dull.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 10, 2019
As quickly as Thing can snap its fingers, we'll soon forget our visit with this version of The Addams Family.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 10, 2019
All this talent, but an empty crypt of a committee-written script, which goes in mainly for cornball one-liners and sight gags working the eternal Halloween conceit of the Addams saga.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
October 10, 2019
Like the candy that will inevitably get loaded into Addams Family-branded buckets on stoops at the end of the month, it's only empty calories.
October 10, 2019
It doesn't attempt to talk down to children, one of my biggest pet peeves about some family films.
October 10, 2019
Nothing more than toddler fodder. It's so sweet, the Addams clan would burn it in a bonfire.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
October 10, 2019
There's a sugary sweetness about it that makes it seem rather more warm and fuzzy than what we normally associate with the macabre essence of all things Addams.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 10, 2019
If this installment lays on the moral (all families are freaky in their own ways) a bit thick, it has just enough wit and weirdness to honor its source material.
October 10, 2019
What's surprising is how low-energy this version is.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
October 10, 2019
Sure, the Addams family is built to be creepy, but when a bottomless pit offers more visual interest than a family member whose defining characteristic is a large screw through his cranium, something has gone amiss.
Full Review | Original Score: C
October 10, 2019
"The Addams Family" builds to a generic "be yourself" message that could have come from any animated tale. In doing so, "The Addams Family" does the last thing the Addams ever wanted to do: it fits in.
Full Review | Original Score: C
October 10, 2019
Matt Lieberman's nearly laugh-free script prefers to rehash Charles Addams' old one-liners or offer terrible updates.
October 10, 2019
"The Addams Family" has a rote plot built out of bits and pieces from a lot of other animated films that had nothing to do with lumbering eight-foot-tall butlers or posh mistresses of the house who look like spindly vampiric cadavers.