The film received generally mixed reviews from film critics.
Review aggregate Rotten Tomatoes reports that 52% of critics have given the film a positive review based on 151 reviews, with a rating average of 5.9 out of 10.
The Family Stone is a 2005 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Thomas Bezucha.
Everett's brother Thad and his partner Patrick have adopted a baby boy named Gus, and Everett's other sister, Susannah, has had her baby. She is referenced as the family gathers with family Christmas ornaments around the tree.
The framed photograph of Sybil is on the wall next to the tree and Amy is wearing her ring.
The two end up at a local bar where, after several drinks, Meredith begins to enjoy herself.
She invites Amy's high school flame and local paramedic, Brad Stevenson (Paul Schneider), to the Stones' for Christmas breakfast.
While Parker was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for her performance, Keaton, Nelson and Mc Adams garnered a Satellite Award nomination each.
In addition, Mc Adams was awarded a Teen Choice Award the following year.After spending 15 weeks in theatres, The Family Stone earned ,062,868 in the US and ,220,983 in foreign markets, bringing its worldwide total to ,283,851.Clogged arteries seemed like a plausible cause of death for Ada Appelgate.He stated the film "is silly at times, leaning toward the screwball tradition of everyone racing around the house at the same time in a panic fueled by serial misunderstandings [but] there is also a thoughtful side, involving the long and loving marriage of Sybil and Kelly." He further added, "The Family Stone sorts out its characters admirably, depends on typecasting to help establish its characters more quickly, and finds a winding path between happy and sad secrets to that moment when we realize that the Family Stone will always think of this fateful Christmas with a smile, and a tear." In Variety, Justin Chang called the film "a smart, tart but mildly undercooked Christmas pudding" and added the "lovingly mounted ensembler has many heartfelt moments and a keen ear for the rhythms of domestic life, which make the neatly gift-wrapped outcome somewhat disappointing ...Bezucha tosses the viewer into every conversation headfirst, deploying a rough, at times disorienting visual style that works in rhythm with the layers of overlapping dialogue to deliver a pleasingly antic, semi-improvisational feel ...Overwhelmed by the hostile reception, she begs her sister to join her for emotional support, triggering further complications.