• PG, 1 hr. 44 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Andy Fickman
    In Theaters:
    Dec 25, 2012 Wide
    On DVD:
    Mar 26, 2013
  • 20th Century Fox

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Parental Guidance Reviews

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Richard Knight
Windy City Times

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

Full Review Source: Windy City Times

June 27, 2014
John Hanlon
Big Hollywood

A joyless and crude comedy that celebrates bathroom humor.

Full Review Source: Big Hollywood | Original Score: 1.5/5

June 30, 2013
Jason Best
Movie Talk

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.

Full Review Source: Movie Talk

June 16, 2013
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Borscht Belt humor combines with serious schmaltz to produce this gummy formulaic family comedy.

Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN) | Original Score: 2/4

March 29, 2013
Dave White
IFilm

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 Source: IFilm | Original Score: 0.5/5

March 14, 2013
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

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 Source: Quad City Times (Davenport, IA) | Original Score: .5/4

February 3, 2013
Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com

... 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.

Full Review Source: Cinemalogue.com

January 14, 2013
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail

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 Source: Birmingham Mail | Original Score: 3/5

January 4, 2013
Leah Churner
Austin Chronicle

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 Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 2/5

January 4, 2013
Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
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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.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

January 3, 2013
Graham Young
Birmingham Post

The underlying issues make for a surprisingly relevant film.

Full Review Source: Birmingham Post | Original Score: 3/5

January 3, 2013
Neil Pond
American Profile

A yappy pile-up of grandparents-know-best shtick, gross-out bathroom humor and sentimental claptrap.

Full Review Source: American Profile | Original Score: 1.5/5

January 2, 2013
Jackie K. Cooper
jackiekcooper.com

Crystal, Midler and Tomei make a perfect combination for this funny but heartwarming family film

Full Review Source: jackiekcooper.com | Original Score: 7/10

January 2, 2013
Philip French
Observer [UK]

A brutal comedy of bad manners ...

Full Review Source: Observer [UK]

December 30, 2012
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express

Just as ghastly as it sounds.

Full Review Source: Daily Express | Original Score: 2/5

December 28, 2012
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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One of those intergenerational embarrassment comedies in the Meet the Fockers line, where children can enjoy seeing grown-ups looking ridiculous.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

December 28, 2012
Roger Moore
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

The family friendliest movie comedy this holiday season is also the sappiest and schmaltziest. And thanks to Billy Crystal, the shtickiest.

Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service | Original Score: 2/4

December 28, 2012
Derek Malcolm
This is London

A film with little else to commend it from the obvious.

Full Review Source: This is London | Original Score: 2/5

December 27, 2012
Stella Papamichael
Radio Times

Frankly it all feels a bit obvious, perfunctory and dated.

Full Review Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 2/5

December 27, 2012
Grant Rollings
Sun Online

Midler does her best as a put-upon grandma but, ultimately, Parental Guidance feels dated.

Full Review Source: Sun Online | Original Score: 2/5

December 27, 2012
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