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

Opening

14% Transcendence Apr 18
—— A Haunted House 2 Apr 18
50% Heaven Is for Real Apr 16
100% Bears Apr 18
64% Fading Gigolo Apr 18

Top Box Office

89% Captain America: The Winter Soldier $41.3M
48% Rio 2 $39.3M
72% Oculus $12.0M
63% Draft Day $9.8M
77% Noah $7.6M
40% Divergent $7.4M
14% God's Not Dead $5.5M
92% The Grand Budapest Hotel $4.1M
79% Muppets Most Wanted $2.3M
78% Mr. Peabody & Sherman $1.9M

Coming Soon

44% The Other Woman Apr 25
—— Brick Mansions Apr 25
73% The Amazing Spider-Man 2 May 02
100% Neighbors May 09
—— Godzilla May 16

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
Variety
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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
eFilmCritic.com

Entertainment for the whole dysfunctional family.

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

February 13, 2008
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

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

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
FilmsInReview.com

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
Oz
eFilmCritic.com

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

July 3, 2004
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)

| Original Score: 4/5

July 2, 2004
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com

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
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat

| Original Score: 5/5

June 23, 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
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com

| Original Score: 4/5

January 13, 2004
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

| Original Score: 4/5

December 1, 2003
Fred Topel
About.com

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

| Original Score: 4/5

July 25, 2003
Susan Tavernetti
Palo Alto Weekly

| Original Score: 4/4

May 20, 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
Leslie Rigoulot
Film Scouts
April 17, 2002
Cynthia Fuchs
Philadelphia City Paper
January 1, 2000
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