"I really do want to stress that Coming Home is beautiful and well worth the watch. Do not take me saying that it starts out with a shock to mean anything other than that. This film centers on a teenage serial killer. Seeing a horror film with a kid murdering people or kids getting murdered is always more shocking than watching adults do the same. It’s taking that risk and the impact that it has that makes this film that much more brilliant and director Shiva Rodriguez is perfectly happy making that impact. I really cannot stress that enough."
The Superficial Gallery - Review of The Family Way: Coming Home
"Father of Lies offers an interesting take on the classic stories of Norse Gods. What's really interesting as you watch this short film unfold, is the complete lack of empathy these beings have for humanity. It seems Shiva and D. Duckie Rodriguez, who wrote this piece, spent just as much time with this complicated concept as they did with the plot itself."
Indyred - Review of Father of Lies
"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."
Nightmarish Conjurings - Review of The Family Way: Coming Home
"First and Foremost, I have a huge amount of respect for writer/director/co-producer Shiva Rodriguez. It takes not only a ton of blood, sweat and tears to make a film and put it out, but it takes a lot of balls to send it out to critics like myself to review. Though the film is flawed, I am really glad that she did. Shiva has a great eye for direction and I will definitely be looking forward to the her next film."
Fear Forever - Review of The Family Way: Coming Home
"Director Shiva Rodriguez is able to strike just the right balance by naturally revealing the information you need without resorting to clunky exposition to move the story along."
Sick Flix - Review of The Family Way: Coming Home
"...full upwards thumbs in a line to Shiva Rodriguez. She is fluid at capturing emotions on film."
Severed Cinema - Review of The Family Way: Coming Home
"Writers Shiva and D. Duckie Rodriguez make damn sure we realize things are not on the up-and-up. In all honesty? A real twist on the genre manages to infuse itself into this title, and it's always nice to see a fresh take on an old premise."
IndyRed - Review of The Family Way: Coming Home
"I'm looking forward to seeing what Shiva Rodriguez does with a longer-form presentation. If this short is any indication, we're in for a treat."
The Slaughtered Bird - Review of The Family Way: Coming Home
Feel The Reel - Review of The Family Way: Coming Home
"The multifaceted story involving sex, betrayal, murder, and monsters is entertaining and well-written."
Beautiful Creatures - Werewolves of Florida (review of Predatory Moon)
"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."
One Film Fan - Review of The Family Way: Coming Home
"Coming Home is a solid beginning and worth the limited investment of your time."
Rick's Cutting Room - Review of The Family Way: Coming Home
"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."
The Independent Critic - Review of The Family Way: Coming Home