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Everybody's Fine Review

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2.5

Dave White Profile

No they're not. Read full review

4.0

Jen Yamato Profile

Planes, trains, and a box of tissue. Read full review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0
    47

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    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 20

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    A cloyingly sentimental story that rings false in every moment.

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  • 25

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Calculatedly soppy, seasonally phony Americanized remake of Giuseppe Tornatore's 1990 "Stanno Tutti Bene."

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  • 38

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    It's a syrupy, downbeat film.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips

    "Relief" is the word for it. It's a relief to see Robert De Niro giving an honest, effective starring performance in a project that does not stink and that, in fact, rises to a respectable level of filmmaking proficiency. How long has it been?

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Pause for kids 14 & under

De Niro's dysfunctional family drama is touching but mature.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this holiday drama starring Robert De Niro deals with some heavy themes that aren't age-appropriate for young children. Of the main character's four grown-up children, one (mostly unseen) is a jailed substance abuser, and the others are grappling with issues including sexuality, divorce, and single parenthood. There's quite a bit of swearing for a PG-13 movie, especially during a comical scene between a grandfather and grandson ("f--k," "s--t"). There's also a lot of lying, and one character dies (off screen), while another ends up in the hospital after being mugged. Still, in the end, the movie aims to send a positive message about acceptance and honesty between parents and their adult children.

  • Families can talk about the movie's lesson about parent-child relationships. Which of Frank's children seems to have the healthiest relationship with him? What about his grandson, Jack? How do secrets and lies affect Frank and his kids?
  • How does this film compare to other holiday family movies? Why do holiday movies often seem to feature families in distress or with relationship problems?
  • How does the movie portray sibling relationships? Is it believable that Frank's children would keep such important aspects of their lives a secret from him but not each other?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: The grown-up children all lie to their father about incredibly important aspects of their lives, including pregnancy, babies, divorce, and sexuality. But ultimately they make amends and start to relate to him better.

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: Frank's grown-up children send an iffy message to younger audiences about how to deal with parents. Amy, Robert, and Rosie all lie to their father and keep important details about their lives from him. Although they eventually start confiding in their father and telling him the truth, it comes too late to prevent some negative consequences.

What to watch for
  • violence false2

    Violence: Frank is mugged by a young homeless man. The man stomps on Frank's prescription medicine, and Frank ends up in the hospital. A character, unseen but spoken about often, dies off camera.

  • sex false1

    Sex: Amy flirts with a man who's not her husband. Rosie and Amy are shown with their significant others. A woman who is obviously a prostitute jokingly asks Frank if he wants to see "her leg." Rosie (shown as a young girl) says that she likes "girls."

  • language false3

    Language: Fairly strong language, including "f--k," "s--t," exclamations of "oh my God," "Christ!" and "Jesus!," "damn," "hell," etc.

  • consumerism false2

    Consumerism: Brands featured include Audi, BMW, and McDonald's.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Robert smokes a cigarette, then says he's quitting, then smokes another cigarette. One character who's mostly unseen (but talked about often) is an imprisoned substance abuser.

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