Fathers' Day Reviews

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Carol Buckland
CNN.com
July 14, 2014
Father's Day has a few laugh-out-loud sequences, but it's nothing to celebrate.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
July 14, 2014
A movie of implacable unfunniness.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
July 14, 2014
For the comic actors, this project -- an enjoyable synthesis of improvisation and adherence to the original story -- seems almost too easy. You wonder why it took them so long.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
July 14, 2014
Williams and Crystal often supply, through their ad libs, what the writers may have left out.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 14, 2014
Hey, it sounded good on paper.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Robert Dominguez
New York Daily News
July 14, 2014
Despite some laughs, there's not much of a story. But at least Williams and Crystal, old pals off the screen, seem to be enjoying themselves.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Bob McCabe
Empire Magazine
July 14, 2014
Williams and Crystal find their own rhythm with the material and deliver some much needed laughs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
July 14, 2014
There is something faintly depressing about seeing an inspired comedian like Robin Williams and a clever one like Billy Crystal starring in a movie that might just as well have been based on My Two Dads.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Doug Thomas
Seattle Times
July 14, 2014
Fans of Crystal and Williams certainly will enjoy the pairing, but this is far from their most inspired work.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
July 14, 2014
Add to these problems the fact that Fathers' Day is a comedy starring two reputedly hilarious people who don't make you laugh once, and you have a movie that would be great if everything about it weren't terrible.
Leah Rozen
People Magazine
July 14, 2014
Fathers' Day scoots along pleasantly but never rises above its My Two Dads sitcom premise.
Joanna Berry
Radio Times
July 14, 2014
This had the potential to be hilarious, but instead falls alarmingly flat thanks to a weak and jokeless script that even the combined comedic talents of Williams and Crystal can't perk up.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
July 14, 2014
Ivan Reitman directs Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel's adaptation like standard-issue sitcom, inviting Williams to pursue his usual overacting shtick.
Katherine Dillin
Christian Science Monitor
July 14, 2014
Likable performances, but the story's brash and hyper, though sweet, delivery grows wearing, especially the sexual innuendo.
Rod Dreher
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
July 14, 2014
The plot is full of the kind of holes necessary to set up cream-puff moments where everybody turns huggy and learns Valuable Lessons. Ugh.
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide
July 14, 2014
How much you enjoy the film will depend entirely on how much you enjoy the spectacle of Williams spewing forth streams of nonsensical gibberish in an attempt to impersonate a German record producer, and Crystal pitching snit fits.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4

Total Film
July 14, 2014
Reitman, Williams and Crystal should have turned in a fine comedy. But Father's Day ain't it: they could have improvised a better film in their sleep.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5

Film4
July 14, 2014
Thankfully low on sentimentality, director Reitman gives the two stand-up talents a pretty free rein, resulting in some classic comic moments and snappy one-liners.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
I had the disquieting sensation not of seeing two funny men but of watching two comedians from a distant age go through the motions of what they, all evidence to the contrary, still believe to be funny.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
June 10, 2011
Robin Williams and Billy Crystal can each provoke a lot more laughs in a minute of standup than they jointly manage during the entire running time of Fathers' Day.
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