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

Parental Guidance Reviews

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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
Sandy Schaefer
December 25, 2012

Parental Guidance is a lightweight piece of family-friendly fluff in every meaning of the phrase.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Tomas Hachard
Slant Magazine
December 24, 2012

Offers a confused and flat portrayal of generational differences.

Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
John Hanlon
Big Hollywood
June 30, 2013

A joyless and crude comedy that celebrates bathroom humor.

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
William Bibbiani
December 24, 2012

Protests the entitlement of children by shamelessly promoting the entitlement of condescending grandparents.

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/10
Chris Packham
Village Voice
Top Critic
December 27, 2012

An extended "in my day" joke intended to convey the superiority of old people over a lot of supposedly contemporary behavior that doesn't actually exist in real life.

Liam Maguren
December 20, 2012

Family fluff at its fluffiest

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Guy Lodge
Time Out
Top Critic
December 21, 2012

The latest in a long run of 2012 films to confront the indignities of ageing, this one is arguably, if not intentionally, the most harrowing.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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
A.A. Dowd
Time Out Chicago
December 25, 2012

It's hard to say what's worse: the sneering disdain for modern child-rearing tactics or the hacky generation-clash humor.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Mathew DeKinder
Suburban Journals of St. Louis
December 26, 2012

However, most of the conflicts aren't really ever fleshed out, and the movie dedicates just as much energy to Crystal getting hit in the groin with a bat as it does to satisfactorily resolving much of anything.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Simon Miraudo
December 20, 2012

It is with deep regret that the last film I review for 2012 be Andy Fickman's Parental Guidance, wherein Billy Crystal is struck in the testicles with a baseball bat, and then proceeds to vomit on a child out of agony.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
Top Critic
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.

Teddy Durgin
Screen It!
December 25, 2012

I just wish it was funnier and smarter. I wish it had better production values, more interesting locations, and quirkier personalities. (Full Content Review for Parents also available)

Roger Moore
McClatchy-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
Corey Hall
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
December 21, 2012

Crystal puts on his game face, and tries to muscle his way past the lousy material, but there's only so much even a natural funnyman can do in a situation like this.

Full Review | Original Score: D
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
December 26, 2012

...this flick is so desperate to be hip that it ultimately feels as relevant as "Mr. Belvedere"... If you have to ask what that is, then you probably won't enjoy this movie.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/10
Nell Minow
December 27, 2012

Shtick-y and utterly synthetic

Full Review | Original Score: D
Alonso Duralde
Top Critic
December 24, 2012

Say what you will about The Guilt Trip, another pairing of a nebbishy comic and a diva of a certain age, that movie at least offers two recognizable human beings of different generations meeting in the middle and learning something from each other.

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
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