• R, 1 hr. 33 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    David O. Russell
    In Theaters:
    Mar 22, 1996 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jun 15, 1999
  • Miramax Films


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Flirting With Disaster Reviews

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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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David O. Russell has a twisted mind; I like that in a man.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B

September 7, 2011
Todd McCarthy
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This whacked-out road comedy about a young man's search for his real parents takes any number of unexpected turns, most of them bitingly funny.

Full Review Source: Variety

March 26, 2009
Rob Gonsalves

Entertainment for the whole dysfunctional family.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 4/5

February 13, 2008
Emanuel Levy

Boasting a clever title, this is an inspired piece of lunacy about sociology versus biology, with terrific performances from Ben Stiller and his two sets of parents.

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: B+

June 27, 2006
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

When I caught this modern-day screwball comedy in theaters I didn't think much of it, and it's even less appealing now.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid

May 26, 2006

Time Out
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The neurotic frenzy threatens to annoy, but Russell's edgy, abbreviated style generates farcical comic friction without sacrificing character.

Full Review Source: Time Out

January 26, 2006
Victoria Alexander

One Stiller movie I actually enjoyed.

| Original Score: 3/5

August 14, 2004
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks

If Russell is erratic with plot and the slightest bit smug in attitude, he makes up for these flaws by drawing fun, inspired performances from his ace cast.

Full Review Source: Nick's Flick Picks | Original Score: B-

July 30, 2004
Scott Weinberg

Avoiding the safety of the PC blanket, David O. Russell has crafted a canny, crafty and altogether adorable little misfit of a movie.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 4.5/5

July 1, 2004
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Sounds like a French farce, you say? Well, you got that right. And it's just as entertaining.

Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews

June 5, 2004
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette

Outstanding, uproariously funny dark comedy

| Original Score: 5/5

April 2, 2004
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena

Um elenco afiado, personagens atípicos e situações bizarras contribuem para tornar este filme uma comédia surpreendentemente eficaz.

| Original Score: 4/5

March 9, 2004
Fred Topel

Excellent comedy. You can just feel how good intentions turn disastrous.

| Original Score: 4/5

July 25, 2003
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum

Not exactly bad. Actually, an okay way to spend 90 minutes of your life.

| Original Score: 3/5

April 11, 2003
Blake Davis
KFOR Channel 4 News

A brilliant, underrated comedy, featuring one of the more inspired comic screenplays in recent years. It established David O. Russell as a major voice in Hollywood.

| Original Score: 4/5

April 4, 2003
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times

Stiller's never been better as an actor.

| Original Score: 4/5

February 3, 2003
Clint Morris

A riot from start to finish. You'll laugh so hard you'll cry!

| Original Score: 3/5

September 18, 2002
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal

The film isn't particularly deep, but it's well written, well acted, and often laugh-out-loud funny.

Full Review Source: Montreal Film Journal | Original Score: 3/4

September 10, 2002
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Hysterically funny movie about sex, marriage, and the surprises that make life worth living.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice

August 27, 2002
Christine James
Boxoffice Magazine

"Flirting With Disaster" is no exception to Stiller's disappointing cinematic track record.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine

June 5, 2002
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