• R, 1 hr. 49 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:    Betty Thomas
  • In Theaters:    Mar 7, 1997 Wide
  • On DVD:    Dec 15, 1998
  • Paramount Pictures

Private Parts Reviews

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 29, 2005

No one need weep for Howard Stern.

Full Review | Original Score: C
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
September 22, 2007

[Stern] may be the master of his domain on the radio, but he doesn't necessarily have a future in movies.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
July 25, 2005

A biodrama about Howard Stern, who speaks for the nine-year old boy in all of us.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
Top Critic
January 1, 2000

Some of it is pretty funny, but there's so much more you may just want to tune out.

Jim DeRogatis
Chicago Reader
Top Critic
January 1, 2000

Empty propaganda film.

Charles Taylor
Salon.com
Top Critic
January 1, 2000

A flat piece of work with long, slack stretches.

Bruce Kirkland
Jam! Movies
January 1, 2000

Private Parts is nothing but an interminable infomercial about Stern's empty life.

| Original Score: 1/5
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000

Ultimately, all what we get is a movie version of Stern's show.

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002

Private Parts is a limited-ambition comedy, one that scores some funny moments mainly because it sets its targets so low.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Rita Kempley
Washington Post
Top Critic
November 7, 2002

A choppy amalgram of Revenge of the Nerds, Father Knows Best and Network.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic
January 1, 2000

Stern and Quivers are both making their screen acting debuts here, and they do what seasoned actors claim is very difficult: They play convincing, engaging versions of themselves.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
Top Critic
January 1, 2000

An entertaining motion picture.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Mark R. Leeper
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000

Full Review | Original Score: +1 out of -4..+4
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
January 1, 2000

The film is often as witty and articulate as its subject.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
August 15, 2002

| Original Score: 3/5
Rob Blackwelder
SPLICEDWire
March 6, 2003

| Original Score: 3/5
Susan Wloszczyna
USA Today
Top Critic
January 1, 2000

This oft-riotous bio is the ultimate loser-makes-good fantasy.

| Original Score: 3/4
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
Top Critic
May 11, 2001

A comic firecracker with a surprising human touch.

Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic
September 7, 2011

Full Review | Original Score: B
Bryant Frazer
Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
January 1, 2000

Plays like a levelheaded riff on the jazzier Annie Hall.

Full Review | Original Score: A-
Todd McCarthy
Variety
Top Critic
November 21, 2008

Derek Adams
Time Out
Top Critic
June 24, 2006

Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005

Jack Mathews
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic
November 7, 2002

Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic
November 6, 2002

Urban Cinefile Critics
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January 1, 2000

Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
Top Critic
January 1, 2000


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January 1, 2000


Washington Post
Top Critic
November 7, 2002

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