Keeping Up With The Steins Reviews

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Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
June 9, 2006
Like the tacky and extravagant themed bar mitzvahs it spoofs, Keeping Up With the Steins isn't very subtle. It isn't particularly funny, either.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
June 9, 2006
By the time the Fiedlers are getting serious about their arguments and their hugs, we've grown to like them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune
June 9, 2006
Oy vey! How many Jewish sitcom clichés can you fit into one movie?
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Bill White
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
June 8, 2006
'Why don't you just flush the money down the toilet?' asks one character. The same might be asked of the people who produced this bomb.
Full Review | Original Score: F
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
June 8, 2006
Exactly like "My Big Fat Greek Wedding," only without the Greeks or the sense of humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Steve Schneider
Orlando Weekly
June 8, 2006
A cute and worthy idea that could've used better execution.
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
June 8, 2006
Scott Marshall has managed to make a film as bad as one of his dad's.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
June 2, 2006
A winningly sincere and warmly humorous film about an ancient Jewish milestone in the time of Martha Stewart.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Rubin Safaya
Cinemalogue.com
June 2, 2006
...the director treats this movie much in the same way he treats the religion--an endless series of blindly-adhered liturgies, the deeper history and meaning of which is never fully contemplated.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
June 1, 2006
There are no laughs in Keeping Up with The Steins, which is problematic, since it appears to think it's a comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
M. K. Terrell
Christian Science Monitor
June 1, 2006
Marshall's directorial debut neatly balances reverence, farce, and family values.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 1, 2006
It's not the kind of comedy that makes you laugh till your face hurts, but it'll give your smile muscles a good workout.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Boo Allen
Denton Record Chronicle (TX)
May 30, 2006
Not as funny as it could have been, but close enough.
Jim Judy
Screen It!
May 30, 2006
Occasionally cute, the film is far better when satirizing competitive parents than it is during the dysfunctional family moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
May 27, 2006
Peopled as it is with stereotypes, it's easy to see the script the way Rose sees Irwin: 'Is that you, under all that oldness?'
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
May 26, 2006
Had Scott Marshall and screenwriter Mark Zakarin honed their knives sharper, they could have made genuine mirth out of this.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
May 26, 2006
The tribute to an aging parent is moving and gives this routine comedy an extra something.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
May 26, 2006
There are minutes -- long, stretched minutes -- when you might easily think: Enough already.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
May 26, 2006
Not a total loss, but it's disappointing, given what the movie might have been. It might have been more than a lengthy sitcom.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
May 26, 2006
Shooting a comedy, like telling a joke, demands a sense of rhythm, and Scott is no dancer -- he keeps tripping against the grain of the humour.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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