Los Angeles Times:
"At first glimpse, the Warrens appears to have the kind of heartland
heartiness that practically defines what it means to be All-American. Tom
(Berg) has the square-jawed handsomeness of a small-town quarterback. Charley
(D'Onofrio), the womanizing big brother of the family, has a homey, dilapidated
ranginess. Ask, the kid brother (Wyle) is like the family mascot - he's
the 'sensitive' one. Cassie (Lewis), is a sleepy-headed teenager who casts
a disbelieving eye on her siblings while still relishing her role in the
menagerie. The father, Peter Coyote's Edward, has a gangly affability,
like a more homespun Ward Cleaver; his wife (Cindy Pickett) would not look
out of place as the matriarch in Lassie... In her early scenes,
Leigh has an edgy volatility that's convincingly scary. Her scruffiness
is a form of armor. Bortman has a rather flat-footed visual sense, but
he knows actors, and that results in some of the film finest moments."
"The family is beautifully acted by Peter Coyote and Cindy Pickett
as the parents and Berg, Wyle, Lewis and D'Onofrio as their children...
D'Onofrio broods and flares effectively as the eldest sibling. Coyote deftly
plays the well-meaning father."
The Hollywood Reporter:
"Cinematographer Tak Fujimoto's brilliance is mostly restrained...
But he does manage one dazzling sequence where he creates poetic imagery
in the burning of those symbolic letters. Mark Isham's low-key, bluesy
score is effective."
"Engaging, multileveled domestic
drama showing how husband/father Coyote's indiscretion affects the various
members of his family. A thoughtful, well-acted sleeper."
"The film certainly has its
moments. My favorite: Marriet suggesting to Tom that they draw up a dating
contract. 'It's just something where we agree to be nice to each other,'
Did you know?
The film was shot in Vancouver, B.C. to stand in for Tacoma, Washington.
Peter Berg played Dr. Billy Kronk on Chicago Hope,
Noah Wyle played Dr. John Carter on ER and Cindy Pickett used
to play Dr. Carol Novino in St. Elsewhere.
Cindy Pickett has made two other films with Coyote - Echoes in
the Darkness (1987) and Breach of Contract (1982).
Jennifer Jason Leigh also
starred together in Heart of Midnight
Mark Isham also did the music for another Coyote film - Keepers
of the City.