• PG-13, 1 hr. 42 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Ivan Reitman
    In Theaters:
    May 9, 1997 Wide
    On DVD:
    Sep 9, 1997
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Fathers' Day Reviews

Carol Buckland
CNN.com
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Father's Day has a few laugh-out-loud sequences, but it's nothing to celebrate.

Full Review Source: CNN.com

July 14, 2014
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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A movie of implacable unfunniness.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

July 14, 2014
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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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.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

July 14, 2014
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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Williams and Crystal often supply, through their ad libs, what the writers may have left out.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

July 14, 2014
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Hey, it sounded good on paper.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 2/4

July 14, 2014
Robert Dominguez
New York Daily News
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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 Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 14, 2014
Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
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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 Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 2/5

July 14, 2014
Doug Thomas
Seattle Times
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Fans of Crystal and Williams certainly will enjoy the pairing, but this is far from their most inspired work.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2/4

July 14, 2014
Keith Phipps
AV Club
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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.

Full Review Source: AV Club

July 14, 2014
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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Ivan Reitman directs Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel's adaptation like standard-issue sitcom, inviting Williams to pursue his usual overacting shtick.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

July 14, 2014
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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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 Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: D+

September 7, 2011
Todd McCarthy
Variety
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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.

Full Review Source: Variety

June 10, 2011
Nick Bradshaw
Time Out
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Writers Ganz and Mandell go pleasingly light on the syrup and sentimentality.

Full Review Source: Time Out

February 11, 2006
Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Enjoy it, forget it, move on.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune

November 6, 2002
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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Inoffensive, predictable, obvious, Fathers' Day is all the things a major studio comedy wants and needs to be. If you noticed that funny is not on the list, go to the head of the class.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times

February 14, 2001
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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Fathers' Day simply has to be seen to be believed. It's beyond my comprehension how a motion picture with so much talent associated with it can be such a complete waste of time.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 1/4

January 1, 2000
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Father's Day is a brainless feature-length sitcom with too much sit and no com.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 1/4

January 1, 2000
Janet Maslin
New York Times
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There are some slow patches and formulaic touches, but that's a fair trade for the fun of watching Mr. Williams and Mr. Crystal make an irresistible comic team.

Full Review Source: New York Times

January 1, 2000
Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle
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Robin Williams and Billy Crystal, teaming for the first time on the big screen, are moderately fun but suffer from what looks like a case of too-calculated Hollywood packaging.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

January 1, 2000
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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Fathers' Day offers sporadic laughs of the lowest kind -- the old outhouse-bites-man thing -- but some conspicuous idiocy as well.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

January 1, 2000
Mike Clark
USA Today
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No masterpiece but undeniably heavy on laughs, the movie is put over by the buffed, lubricated dynamics of two leads who substantially transcend what is otherwise a borderline tepid dose of family values.

| Original Score: 3/4

January 1, 2000
Susan Stark
Detroit News
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Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: 3/4

January 1, 2000
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