Father of the Bride Reviews

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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.
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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.
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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.
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
The material has been successfully refurbished with new jokes and new attitudes, but the earlier film's most memorable moments have been preserved.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
[A] slight but delightfully sweet-natured new comedy starring Steve Martin.
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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
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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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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
January 1, 1991
This feel-good finale might feel even better, though, if it had any true connection to the pat, amiable, and rather dawdling farce that preceded it.
Full Review | Original Score: B-