Star-driven comedy at times offensive and funny.
| Original Score: 3/5
What gives the film its special kick is the match of Stiller and De Niro.
| Original Score: 3/4
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...
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
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.
This film is almost too real to be funny. It is one uncomfortable moment after another - and that is what Stiller does best, but director Roach would have done well to tone it down a bit.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Stiller has a gift for looking funny effortlessly, when he's doing nothing physical. With no mugging, no physical contortions, he turns his face into a palette of pain and confusion.
What saves the movie from remaining an exercise in self-parody for all involved is director Roach's feel for the material.
This is, unquestionably, the best comedy currently on release. Highly recommended.
Great filmmaking this is not, but if you're looking for an amusing, undemanding couple of hours, give this a try.
This simple but well-constructed comedy picks a situation that naturally causes anxiety - meeting your in-laws - and turns it into a walk through hell.
| Original Score: 3/4