Even with Stiller and De Niro, Meet the Parents is an encounter that can be postponed until it's available on video.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
While it's a truism that all comedy has an element of sadism, it doesn't necessarily follow that all sadism is funny.
| Original Score: 2/5
There is an uneven mix of slapstick sequences and human comedy. Certainly the last part of the film feels awkwardly written.
| Original Score: 0 out of -4..+4
Does the usual Hollywood bit of setting up the gags way in advance so that even a coma patient can spot them.
| Original Score: 2/4
An unfathomably awful film that will undoubtedly be a smash hit.
| Original Score: 3/10
More often than not, the movie's tension gets in the way of its giggles, falling back on its stars' comedy instincts and over-extended running gags.
Es lamentable que el talento de DeNiro se esté desperdiciando en cintas que no terminan de cuajar, por muy taquilleras que éstas sean
Nobody plays put-upon quite like Ben Stiller.
Meet the Parents is a one- -- well, maybe two- -- joke idea that starts out goofy and fun, but soon runs out of verbal or visual ammunition.
If ever there was a movie that felt like it was built backward, it's Meet the Parents.
It never quite gets going.
...large swaths of the proceedings feel as though they'd be more at home within a garden-variety sitcom.
As far as one-joke movies go, this one has its guffaws.
| Original Score: 2/4
Overbearingly cruel and only modestly funny.
The sight-gags and verbal repartee hinge upon uninspired, lowest-common-denominator hijinks.
With all due respect to giggles, though, you would do better to rent Raging Bull.
Meet the Parents is much too herky-jerky to be completely successful, and it follows each laugh-out-loud scene with one that is completely -- or is at least a bit -- cringe-worthy.
Plays like a thirty minute sitcom that overstays its welcome for more than an hour.
Never before have two such skilled actors been so monstrously squandered in a movie so replete with failed gags and pathetic gaffs.
It's the prom night scene from There's Something About Mary stretched out over an entire movie - just not as funny.