"This is one of the more intense and cinematically stunning films I’ve seen in a long time. I’d go so far as saying that the beginning of this film is a bit hard to watch. This is in no way a negative comment on the film. I thought it was absolutely brilliant and I was glued with eyes wide open from the first second to the last."
- See the full review from The Superficial Gallery
"We hope that ‘Coming Home’ is just a pilot
episode, or a trailer to an upcoming movie that will change everything
we know about films of this kind. Yes, we truly hope so, because what
we’ve seen in those fifteen minutes was absolutely astonishing."
- See the full review from Feel The Reel
"THE FAMILY WAY: COMING HOME, directed by Shiva Rodriguez, will take you to the heart of the matter... or remove it, depending on how you look at it.
The cinematography is excellent, much better than one might expect from a
short, but this is no ordinary short: this is a prologue to a
forthcoming piece that Shiva and D. Duckie Rodriguez hope to fund, and
if their skill with this piece, and their combined history in horror is
any indication, getting funding shouldn't be a problem."
- See the full review from Nightmarish Conjurings
"As such, while still not for the faint of heart, “Coming Home” stands as
a worthy entry to the horror short film platform, and should certainly
have the appreciation of an audience who is pining for something fresh."
- See the full review from One Film Fan
"The Family Way: Coming Home hits all the right horror notes. It’s decently crafted, well-written,
and paced just right. There are a few plangent tones here and there (to
maintain the musical metaphor), but it does what it’s supposed do: leave
you wanting more."
- See the full review from The Slaughtered Bird
"For a short film to work, it must get right into the action and
immediately pull you in. Fortunately, Coming Home does just that and,
right from the cold-open, sets up a world that you want to see more of."
- See the full review from Sick Flix
"As a full film, "Coming Home" manages to get its point across in a
decent, entertaining way. It's a fresh take on so many movies we've all
seen in the past... and that "freshness" was welcomed in a huge way. The
real kicker here? This is the set-up to a larger production and it does
its job perfectly. I personally look forward to seing the bigger story
unravel. I can't wait actually. Director Shiva Rodriguez sets out to
entertain... and entertained I was. "Coming Home" could be the start of
an exceptional story. I can't wait to see how it all turns out."
- See the full review from IndyRed
"Still, there's something special working in Coming Home and it will
be interesting to see where it's taken from here. It feels like the
foundation is established for a creative, compelling indie horror story
and I look forward to watching the film's journey."
- See the full review from The Independent Critic
"All things considered, for the fact this is a prelude short, it
would be nice to have it re-filmed one day, fleshed out and made
brutally to stun people, because, full upwards thumbs in a line to Shiva
Rodriguez. She is fluid at capturing emotions on film. What I mean is,
it's the cutaways, the suggestion and aftermath. It's the angles, the
expressions, and the really doom laden build up to the conclusion. She's
bloody good at what she does."
- See the full review from Severed Cinema
"There is minimal gore and it is appropriate for the scenes. Nothing
gratuitous or unnecessarily over-the-top. For an independent project,
the editing and other technical aspects are on par with studio
- See the full review from Rick's Cutting Room