Parental Guidance Reviews

Page 1 of 5
Richard Knight
Windy City Times
June 27, 2014
The kids are mostly a drag and the schmaltz is poured on as thick as maple syrup, but if those by-the-numbers Disney '60s comedies with Suzanne Pleshette and Dean Jones...are your thing, Parental Guidance will warm you up over the holidays
John Hanlon
Big Hollywood
June 30, 2013
A joyless and crude comedy that celebrates bathroom humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Jason Best
Movie Talk
June 16, 2013
The film's gags are predictable and fairly lame, but the stars' diehard fans will enjoy Crystal's snarky one-liners and, yes, Midler's singing.
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
March 29, 2013
Borscht Belt humor combines with serious schmaltz to produce this gummy formulaic family comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Dave White
IFilm
March 14, 2013
People with brains they can't turn on and off for 90 minute stretches of holiday family togetherness will be driven to take some kind of painkiller before the final credits roll. Everyone else will be fine
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/5
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
February 3, 2013
If 'Parental Guidance' is the drivel that's passing for family fare this winter, then it's best to just keep your family warm and entertained at home.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com
January 14, 2013
... a shameless mix of obnoxious slapstick and relentless bodily-function humor that results in shots to the crotch for Crystal and blows to the brain for moviegoers.
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
January 4, 2013
I don't know if it's reassuring or scary that in such an American film the kids seems to be UK-style victims of both health and safety rules and political correctness at the same time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Leah Churner
Austin Chronicle
January 4, 2013
Poor Crystal. There remains a scintilla of dignity in his sad clown. He may beatbox while wearing wraparound sunglasses, but, thankfully for you and yours, he does not dance the robot.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
January 3, 2013
This grating family comedy resembles a sitcom in its flat lighting, patronizing music cues, and frames supplying little visual information apart from the actors' mugging faces.
Graham Young
Birmingham Post
January 3, 2013
The underlying issues make for a surprisingly relevant film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Neil Pond
American Profile
January 2, 2013
A yappy pile-up of grandparents-know-best shtick, gross-out bathroom humor and sentimental claptrap.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Jackie K. Cooper
jackiekcooper.com
January 2, 2013
Crystal, Midler and Tomei make a perfect combination for this funny but heartwarming family film
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Philip French
Observer [UK]
December 30, 2012
A brutal comedy of bad manners ...
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express
December 28, 2012
Just as ghastly as it sounds.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
December 28, 2012
One of those intergenerational embarrassment comedies in the Meet the Fockers line, where children can enjoy seeing grown-ups looking ridiculous.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
December 28, 2012
The family friendliest movie comedy this holiday season is also the sappiest and schmaltziest. And thanks to Billy Crystal, the shtickiest.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Derek Malcolm
This is London
December 27, 2012
A film with little else to commend it from the obvious.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Stella Papamichael
Radio Times
December 27, 2012
Frankly it all feels a bit obvious, perfunctory and dated.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Grant Rollings
Sun Online
December 27, 2012
Midler does her best as a put-upon grandma but, ultimately, Parental Guidance feels dated.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Page 1 of 5