• PG-13, 1 hr. 48 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Jay Roach
    In Theaters:
    Oct 6, 2000 Wide
    On DVD:
    Mar 6, 2001
  • Universal Pictures


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Meet the Parents Reviews

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Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader
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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.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

April 9, 2012
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Star-driven comedy at times offensive and funny.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 3/5

December 26, 2010
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...large swaths of the proceedings feel as though they'd be more at home within a garden-variety sitcom.

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 2/4

December 20, 2010
Michael Dequina

What gives the film its special kick is the match of Stiller and De Niro.

Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com | Original Score: 3/4

January 14, 2010
David N. Butterworth

Nobody plays put-upon quite like Ben Stiller.

Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 18, 2008
Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
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Alas, poor Focker. He can't help himself. And we can't help ourselves from falling about, equally helpless, at this superbly antic movie.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

August 15, 2008


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.

Full Review Source: Film4

August 15, 2008
Rob Gonsalves

Owes about 55 percent of its charm to De Niro, who can be hilarious just sitting there.

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

March 11, 2008
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound

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.

Full Review Source: Big Picture Big Sound | Original Score: 3/4

July 14, 2007
Jordan Hiller

Stiller portrays a human accident better than anyone and he definitely knows how to extort laughs and sympathy from his audience

Full Review Source: Bangitout.com | Original Score: 3/4

September 27, 2006
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion

Contains enough belly-laughs and sly jokes to become one of the bigger crowd-pleasers of the fall.

Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion | Original Score: B

July 24, 2006
Derek Adams
Time Out
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Astutely observed, subtly played and consistently hilarious...

Full Review Source: Time Out

February 9, 2006
Susannah Breslin
Film Threat

Never before have two such skilled actors been so monstrously squandered in a movie so replete with failed gags and pathetic gaffes.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 1.5/5

December 6, 2005
Jamey Codding

A definite must-see that's perfect for a guys' night out or a relaxing date.

Full Review Source: Bullz-Eye.com | Original Score: 4.5/5

July 5, 2005
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

An entertaining little outing, but not something that will stay with me.

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: B

April 9, 2005
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly

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

Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly

January 3, 2005
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Does the usual Hollywood bit of setting up the gags way in advance so that even a coma patient can spot them.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 2/4

October 24, 2003
Jim Shelby
Palo Alto Weekly

As far as one-joke movies go, this one has its guffaws.

| Original Score: 2/4

May 20, 2003
P. Ignatieff

Stiller plays a familiar character with a nice energy and presence, making the most of all his character's asides and observations.

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

April 18, 2003
Harry Guerin
RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)

Guaranteed to put you off suggested Sunday outings for life.

Full Review Source: RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland) | Original Score: 3/5

March 26, 2003
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