It's a predictable story but enchants nevertheless.
—Kevin Thomas Los Angeles Times
It's not only warm and fuzzy in all the right places, it's something that the whole family might actually enjoy.
—Ken Fox TV Guide
The acting is endearing and the story has great charm before predictability and sentimentality eventually take over.
—David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor
—Leah Rozen People
...a sweet but not particularly distinguished effort.
—Keith Phipps Onion AV Club
...an after-school special of a movie...
—Allison Benedikt Chicago Tribune
Though convinced it's helping people to rediscover their roots, the film--however sincere it may be at encouraging family togetherness--succeeds only in planting corn.
—Ed Gonzalez Slant Magazine
It's the kind of movie red staters watch and loudly moon over . . . when they're not secretly downloading porn.
—Ernest Hardy LA Weekly
If you do not require resuscitation, you won't be as receptive to the cloying pleas of Uncle Nino.
—Ned Martel New York Times
The tale of a dithering Italian idiot spreading sage advice to his suburbanite Yankee relatives sounds Disneyfied enough on paper, but the elderly, violin-toting hero's successful attempt to infiltrate his miscreant nephew's mall-punk garage band is too creepy to fulfill the hipness quotient.
—Akiva Gottlieb Village Voice