• 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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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
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
Jackie K. Cooper

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
Christopher Lloyd
Sarasota Herald-Tribune

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 Source: Sarasota Herald-Tribune | Original Score: 4/5

December 27, 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 Source: 3AW | Original Score: 2.5/5

December 26, 2012
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate

Billy Crystal delivers nostalgic, heartwarming fun for young children, parents and grandparents.

Full Review Source: SSG Syndicate | Original Score: 7/10

December 26, 2012
Matthew Turner

Surprisingly enjoyable family comedy, enlivened by likeable comic performances and a handful of decent gags ...

Full Review Source: ViewLondon | Original Score: 3/5

December 26, 2012
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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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 Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/5

December 25, 2012
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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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 Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3/5

December 25, 2012
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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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 Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3/5

December 25, 2012
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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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 Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3/4

December 25, 2012
Daniel M. Kimmel
New England Movies Weekly

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 Source: New England Movies Weekly | Original Score: 2.5/5

December 24, 2012
Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
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The end result should appeal to audiences, including bonding grandparents and grandkids, looking for a little undemanding holiday cheer.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

December 24, 2012
Ben Kenber
We Got This Covered

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 Source: We Got This Covered | Original Score: 7/10

December 20, 2012
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile

Billy Crystal and Bette Midler playing grandpa and grandma is in itself a funny picture, although only as a comic sketch.

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

December 16, 2012
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

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
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