Scenes that should have been uproarious are weaker than many of the movie's smaller moments, whose everyday humor isn't specific to the plot or characters.
Star-driven comedy at times offensive and funny.
| Original Score: 3/5
...large swaths of the proceedings feel as though they'd be more at home within a garden-variety sitcom.
| Original Score: 2/4
What gives the film its special kick is the match of Stiller and De Niro.
| Original Score: 3/4
Nobody plays put-upon quite like Ben Stiller.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Alas, poor Focker. He can't help himself. And we can't help ourselves from falling about, equally helpless, at this superbly antic movie.
Packed with cringe-worthy moments from beginning to end, Jay Roach's comedy is for anyone who has ever endured a weekend in the company of potential in-laws.
Owes about 55 percent of its charm to De Niro, who can be hilarious just sitting there.
| Original Score: 4/5
Director Jay Roach of the Austin Powers films keeps the pace brisk, and the script by Jim Herzfeld and John Hamburg ably piles the pratfalls ludicrously high.
Stiller portrays a human accident better than anyone and he definitely knows how to extort laughs and sympathy from his audience
Contains enough belly-laughs and sly jokes to become one of the bigger crowd-pleasers of the fall.
| Original Score: B
Astutely observed, subtly played and consistently hilarious...
Never before have two such skilled actors been so monstrously squandered in a movie so replete with failed gags and pathetic gaffes.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
A definite must-see that's perfect for a guys' night out or a relaxing date.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
An entertaining little outing, but not something that will stay with me.
The best American comedy of 2000. It has wit, slapstick and romance -- as well as an improbable comedy team in Robert De Niro and Ben Stiller
Does the usual Hollywood bit of setting up the gags way in advance so that even a coma patient can spot them.
As far as one-joke movies go, this one has its guffaws.
| Original Score: 2/4
Stiller plays a familiar character with a nice energy and presence, making the most of all his character's asides and observations.
Guaranteed to put you off suggested Sunday outings for life.