Kathryn Schroeder of FilmFracture writes:
"The mere idea of there being a "perfect family" in today's modern landscape is worthy of a laugh. The Perfect Family admits to this fact, throwing in The Catholic Church as an anchor to an otherwise imperfect family under the guise of perfection in the eyes of the Church. Eileen Cleary (Kathleen Turner) is the matriarch of the family, and a devout catholic. She spends her days volunteering at the Church, bringing meals to those who need help, and confessing her sins on a daily basis with the hope that she may not go to hell. All Eileen seems to want is absolution from all of her sins, and her dream may just come true when she is nominated for the Catholic Woman Of The Year award; the prize being having the Archbishop of Dublin perform the prayer of absolution for the winner. Now all Kathleen has to do is show that she is the greatest catholic woman in her parish, even with her less-than-perfect family. "