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De Niro's dysfunctional family drama is touching but mature.
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Rotten: I didn't feel like I was watching characters who were related to each other. Every scene they are in, I felt like I was watching movie stars meeting each other for the first time.
- A.O. Scott, At the Movies, Monday, December 7, 2009
Rotten: It s a four-square set-up, but with only the barest flicker of familial friction heating the undercooked drama.
- Adam Lee Davies, Little White Lies, Thursday, June 24, 2010
Fresh: Everybody should see Everybody's Fine. But one piece of advice: Phone home first.
- Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, Friday, December 4, 2009
A decent and heartfelt drama that refrains from being too heavy handed. I'd like to see the original but I hadn't heard of it until now. DeNiro does a decent job but is let down ever so slightly by a lethargic supporting cast. The scenes with his children as children is very strong though and I did like the conclusion very much. With some fine tuning this could have been a contender but as it is it's just good. Awful poster though.
- SirPant, Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Amy: I tell you the good news and spare you the bad. Isn't that what mom used to do for you when we were kids? "Frank's traveling light, but carrying excess baggage." Everybody's Fine is a small, heartfelt, and overall decent film. It has a wonderful cast including legendary Robert De Niro, plus a supporting cast with Sam Rockwell, Drew Barrymore, and the gorgeous Kate Beckinsale. This is a good role for an older De Niro. He no longer fits the Travis Bickel like characters. He is now more suited for this type of a role. He plays a grieving father who has just lost his wife. His four kids all cancel their trip to see him, so he decides to take a cross country trip and see all of them. In the background, three of the kids are keeping a secret about the fourth from their father. I liked Everybody's Fine, but I'm not gonna blow sunshine up its ass. It is by no means a terrific movie. It's predictable filmmaking. I called just about everything that happened in the movie fifteen minutes before it happened. But oh well; the point wasn't to surprise me. I enjoyed the movie for it's honesty when examining the life of a family. A lot of the subjects the movie brings up regarding family will hit home with just about every viewer. We always, as kids, had one parent we could talk to. The other was kind of left out of the loop because either they couldn't take what was actually going on, or they would over react. Frank is the parent who was always left out of the loop. His kids, after the passing of their mother, still don't tell him the bad things because he is a worrier. There's really not too much to say about Everybody's Fine, except that it was fine. There's nothing too spectacular going on here, but I ended up finding it engaging and emotional. I don't think it laid on the tearjerking too thick either, which was much appreciated. It's just a decent little film in its own right. I'd suggest it, but I also wouldn't tell you that it is vital that you watch it. If you come across it one day in the future, give it a look. If not, you'll live. Still I don't know if you could find a movie where Kate Beckinsale looks hotter. She looks absolutely stunning in Everybody's Fine.
- blkbomb, Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Well what a fantastic cast, the brilliance of Barrymore and Rockwell, the fantastic and gorgeous Beckinsale and the Awesomeness of De Niro :) Its a wonderful cast, with a wonderfully sweet and touching storyline, and with this great cast and storyline i was shock that this movie didnt have more publicity which is disappointing. A fantastic cast, wonderfully acted and just a lovely and sweet movie to watch. Really worth a watch!
- FiLmCrAzY, Tuesday, November 15, 2011