Educational Media Reviews Online | Reviewed by Kay Hogan Smith, Retired - University of Alabama at Birmingham, Lister Hill Library of the Health Sciences
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED "Our American Family is a painful, frank and ultimately hopeful look at a family dealing with an all-too-common issue."
New York Times
“Addiction is a complex, challenging topic, and Our American Family, in its sharp specificity, handles it with grace.”
"Our American Family beautifully reveals how the process of recovery, for an individual and a family, happens by growing self-awareness, self-assertion, and self-determination."
“It's one story that provides a mere snapshot of a larger problem in the U.S. — but it's a very detailed picture, and one that humanizes the people behind the addictions."
“Our American Family is one of the most blunt and intimate documentaries you’re ever likely to see.”
Breezeway Productions | Alex Helisek
"Our American Family is a film that will deeply strike at the core of many viewers who experience it, and then relate to the anxiety, stress, and crutch of addiction that plagues millions of households in America. An experience which is like being a fly on the wall during the most trying times of a working class AmericanHouseholds, gripped in the clutches of Addiction, Depression, Stress and Anxiety brought on with Alcohol, Drugs, and harder addictive substances. This documentary brings you down to earth to take a hard look at the challenges that so many Americans face, dealing with stresses of addiction on all levels."
Quelle Movies | Raquel Stetcher
"A brutally honest new documentary that gives viewers an inside look into how addiction affects families."
"The fly-on-the-wall perspective thrusts the audience right into the center of the evolving tension. This family could be any family in America dealing with the ongoing battle between addiction and recovery."
Selig Film News | Gadi Elkon
"An intimate look into one family’s battle against addiction. Intriguing for its raw honesty and terrifying for the harsh reality that we are losing the war against addiction. A powerful documentary that personalizes the struggle."
Guy At The Movies | Joe Peltzer
"Raw, direct, and deeply moving in its revealing look at generational addiction,Our American Family grips viewers from the very beginning, seizing their empathy as all members of the family grapple with the turbulence brought on by the disease. You'll be hard pressed to find such a real, intensive look at the day-to-day effects of addiction as each member of the family bears all."
Following Films | Christopher Maynard
"OUR AMERICAN FAMILY wrestles with an incredibly important and often overlooked subject, generational addiction. A powerful film that stays with the viewer for days. By focusing on one family, the film manages to tell a much wider story about the impact of addiction."
The Philadelphia Citizen | CORIE
“The film intimately portrays one local family’s struggle with addiction—without experts, drug use or melodrama. It makes clear how the disease perpetuates through generations—causing cycles of trauma and a stubborn impact on families. But it’s also a story of hope. That with strength and commitment to change, each generation can and will get healthier.”
Jumpcut Online | Mary Palmer
"This is not some over the top TV movie nor is it a statistics laden documentary.This is real life."