Parental Guidance Reviews

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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
Graham Young
Birmingham Post
January 3, 2013
The underlying issues make for a surprisingly relevant film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
Christopher Lloyd
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
December 27, 2012
Warm and schmaltzy, Parental Guidance is the movie equivalent of comfort food. It's funny and warmhearted, not terribly ambitious, but it does the things it sets out to do well.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 26, 2012
Billy Crystal and Bette Midler team up as goofball grandparents in a cheesy, by-the-numbers slice of computer-written family comedy designed primarily as multiplex fodder for the holidays.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate
December 26, 2012
Billy Crystal delivers nostalgic, heartwarming fun for young children, parents and grandparents.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
December 26, 2012
Surprisingly enjoyable family comedy, enlivened by likeable comic performances and a handful of decent gags ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
December 25, 2012
It's a shame they didn't choose a stronger project than Andy Fickman's family comedy, but you could certainly ask for worse babysitters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
December 25, 2012
Thanks to Crystal and Midler playing comfortable versions of the personas we've come to know, it's actually better than you would guess.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
December 25, 2012
Does it work? You betcha. There are smiles and tears, love and affirmations, a few funny jokes and a lot of easy sentimentality.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
December 25, 2012
Parental Guidance is an engaging comedy that bridges multiple generation gaps, making it that rare movie that grandparents, their kids, and their kids can enjoy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Daniel M. Kimmel
New England Movies Weekly
December 24, 2012
If you have youngsters to entertain this holiday season, it provides some amiable and much needed distraction from the ugliness going on in the real world.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
December 24, 2012
The end result should appeal to audiences, including bonding grandparents and grandkids, looking for a little undemanding holiday cheer.
Ben Kenber
We Got This Covered
December 20, 2012
Thanks to a wonderful cast and Crystal's good intentions, Parental Guidance is a much better movie than one might expect it to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
December 16, 2012
Billy Crystal and Bette Midler playing grandpa and grandma is in itself a funny picture, although only as a comic sketch.
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
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