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Krippendorf's Tribe (1998)

Krippendorf's Tribe


Average Rating: 3.5/10
Reviews Counted: 36
Fresh: 5
Rotten: 31

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Average Rating: 3.8/10
Reviews Counted: 7
Fresh: 1
Rotten: 6

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.


Average Rating: 2.4/5
User Ratings: 6,990


Movie Info

Todd Holland directed this Charlie Peters adaptation of Frank Parkin's novel. Respected anthropologist James Krippendorf (Richard Dreyfuss) and his wife, Jennifer (Barbara Williams), bring their three children along during their failed search in New Guinea for a lost tribe. After Jennifer's death, James reaches a zero point back in the U.S., having spent all his foundation grant money raising the kids as a single parent. Scheduled to lecture at a college and fearful he could be charged with … More

PG-13 (For sexual humor)
Comedy , Kids & Family
Directed By:
Written By:
Charlie Peters
In Theaters:
Jun 4, 2002


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Critic Reviews for Krippendorf's Tribe

All Critics (50) | Top Critics (12) | Fresh (5) | Rotten (31) | DVD (4)

Pretty lame comedy stuff with Dreyfuss leading family misadventures. Sophomoric.

February 20, 2007
Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers

The fact that people loved this movie is beyond me; the fact that it was an Oscar contender blows me away.

June 14, 2005
7M Pictures

Dreyfuss deserves a whole lot better than this garbage.

April 17, 2005

Though it settles for easy laughs, the laughs remain appreciated.

Full Review… | December 15, 2003
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

In order to find Krippendorf's Tribe funny, you must agree with it on one fundamental principle: Penises are funny.

Full Review… | November 29, 2003

Look at Richard Dreyfuss on the poster, weep for him, and then rent something else.

August 20, 2003
Kansas City Star

the miscasting of Ms. Elfman as someone with a brain defies belief.

Full Review… | January 2, 2003
Critics Inc./America Online

in terms of raunchiness and innuendo, 'Tribe' turns out to be almost as ribald as an 'Inside Edition' report on Monica Lewinsky. Jokes about menstruation, circumcision, penis size and prehistorical marital aids are sprinkled liberally throughout...

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Kalamazoo Gazette

It's difficult to imagine how such a high level of talent was rounded up for this nonsense.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Film Journal International

Audience Reviews for Krippendorf's Tribe

Boy, I hope it's a good movie. Yeah, it's not.

Curtis Lilly

Super Reviewer

Ooga-Booga! Richard Dreyfuss is hilarious in this movie when he invents his own lost tribe. A fun comedy.

Lafe Fredbjornson

Super Reviewer

Quite how we're expected to swallow the idea that a collection of eminent anthropologists would be fooled by Richard Dreyfuss' wife and kids running around a middle american suburb in grass skirts is beyond me, but he's his usual likeable self in an inconsequential but inoffensive family comedy.

xGary Xx

Super Reviewer


This family film is wildly funny and Richard Dreyfuss & Jenna Elfman are hilarious.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

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