Father of the Bride Reviews

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Don Willmott
Filmcritic.com
May 27, 2005
Is the wedding cake outrageously expensive? Get over it, George.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Bob Grimm
Las Vegas Mercury
July 26, 2002
Waste of talent.
| Original Score: 2/5
Victoria Alexander
FilmsInReview.com
July 16, 2004
Minor fluff. Not recommended.
| Original Score: 1/5
Beth Accomando
KPBS.org
January 17, 2008
See Spencer Tracy in the original instead.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
After a provocative setup, this Touchstone Pictures offering pads innocuously down the aisle, a remake that doesn't touch the Spencer Tracy classic of the same name.
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
May 23, 2011
Neither the '90s nor the husband-wife team of Nancy Meyers and Charles Shyer (they wrote the new version, she co-produced, he directed) can match the original film's grace or wit.
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum
February 23, 2003
Will Steve Martin EVER be funny in a movie again?
| Original Score: 1/5
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
April 30, 2003
Given the excellence of 1950's Father of the Bride, the 1991 remake couldn't possibly have been more needless, though it at least gives Steve Martin a role which suits his wild and crazy talents.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
July 4, 2005
| Original Score: 1/5
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
July 12, 2005
For all its glad-handing of cheer and all-encompassing warmth, has a heart as tiny and cold and calculated as a Grinch's.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
Some sequences and dialogue are lifted directly from the original, but in the wider context, this merely serves to underline the remake's comparative lack of tenderness and subtlety.
Randy White
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
Steve Martin's sweet-natured wedding weepy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
This is a movie with heart, and there are little moments in it when Martin is deeply moved by the fact that this perfect creature he brought into the world is now going to start a family of her own.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Scott Weinberg
DVDTalk.com
June 8, 2005
Not much more than a fluffy little valentine of a movie, but there's still some actual warmth and wit underneath the "been there, seen that, nice wedding" exterior.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
September 6, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
Mark R. Leeper
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
This Christmas film is like a chocolate Easter egg. It is sugary sweet around the outside and very light because it is really hollow.
Full Review | Original Score: +1 out of -4..+4
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Variety Staff
Variety
March 26, 2009
Best stuff here comes strsight from Martin, such as his frenzied antics in the in-laws' house or his ridiculous Tom Jones imitation in front of a mirror in a too-tight tuxedo.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
August 9, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
April 21, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
Dan Lybarger
Nitrate Online
March 14, 2003
A solid, if only fitfully imaginitive, remake of the Spencer Tracy original.
| Original Score: 3/5
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