It Runs in the Family 2003

Critics score:
28 / 100

Reviews provided by RottenTomatoes

Ty Burr, Boston Globe: This one's for your parents, your grandparents, and the entire state of Florida. Read more

Connie Ogle, Miami Herald: This sort of message can become unbearably sappy. But It Runs in the Family manages to sidestep the potential overload of cheap sentimentality. Read more

Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper: A lot of things, we see coming about three scenes in advance ... But, the three generations of Douglas' in particular, that's why I'm recommending this film. Read more

Mark Caro, Chicago Tribune: It Runs in the Family never quite transcends its movie-of-the-week trappings. But either you're glad to have spent time with these three generations or you aren't. Read more

Stephen Holden, New York Times: Throughout the movie you can feel the actors' offscreen relationships resonating with their performances and enriching them immeasurably. Read more

Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: A Douglas family affair whose contrivances are outweighed by its respect for its characters. Read more

Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times: Michael and Kirk Douglas have taken more than 20 years to select a script that would enable them to act together on the screen. It was worth the wait. Read more

Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly: Fred Schepisi directs like a ringmaster for hire from a therapy-session script by Jesse Wigutow. Read more

Philip Wuntch, Dallas Morning News: It Runs in the Family dawdles and meanders. Only the most devoted Douglas-philes will feel like saluting. Read more

Ella Taylor, L.A. Weekly: Not even Hello! magazine is going to want to take unauthorized snaps of this particular Douglas family event. Read more

Gene Seymour, Newsday: Edgier and a lot less sappy than you'd expect, but there are way too many complications in the mix. Read more

Bob Campbell, Newark Star-Ledger: Despite rich acting and expert direction, the two grids don't snap neatly together. Read more

Jami Bernard, New York Daily News: Three generations of the Kirk Douglas family strain against mawkish material about a dysfunctional family that ties up all its loose ends in 109 cringe-worthy minutes. Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: The movie deals with these touchy subjects, and others, but in a plot so jammed with events, disputes, tragedies and revelations that the most serious matters don't seem to receive enough attention. Read more

Stephanie Zacharek, A family comedy that's also something of a drama (or maybe it's the other way around), the picture never quite finds its footing. Read more

Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle: Achingly long and pointless, Runs is a movie about family that's dishonest in its presentation of every relationship. Read more

Jeff Strickler, Minneapolis Star Tribune: Works as a drama but comes up short as a comedy. Read more

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Read more

Rick Groen, Globe and Mail: As conveyances go, this is no vehicle -- it's a train. Unfortunately, the train keeps hopping the tracks. Read more

Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star: Acting together for the first time, Kirk and Michael Douglas have some powerful scenes together, which only makes you wish the entire project had tilted more towards Eugene O'Neill than Neil Simon. Read more

Claudia Puig, USA Today: Worthwhile, though the story is predictable. Read more

Robert Koehler, Variety: Read more

Ed Park, Village Voice: Goes easy on the schmaltz, and the catastrophes have the puncturing feel of real life. Read more

Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post: Much to my surprise and delight, the movie is nothing like its marketing. Read more