• 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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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
Sandy Schaefer

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

Full Review Source: ScreenRant | Original Score: 2.5/5

December 25, 2012
Tomas Hachard
Slant Magazine

Offers a confused and flat portrayal of generational differences.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: .5/4

December 24, 2012
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
William Bibbiani

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

Full Review Source: CraveOnline | Original Score: 1.5/10

December 24, 2012
Chris Packham
Village Voice
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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.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

December 27, 2012
Liam Maguren

Family fluff at its fluffiest

Full Review Source: Flicks.co.nz | Original Score: 2/5

December 20, 2012
Guy Lodge
Time Out
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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 Source: Time Out | Original Score: 1/5

December 21, 2012
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
A.A. Dowd
Time Out Chicago

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

Full Review Source: Time Out Chicago | Original Score: 1/5

December 25, 2012
Mathew DeKinder
Suburban Journals of St. Louis

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 Source: Suburban Journals of St. Louis | Original Score: 2/5

December 26, 2012
Simon Miraudo

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 Source: Quickflix | Original Score: 2/5

December 20, 2012
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
Teddy Durgin
Screen It!

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)

Full Review Source: Screen It!

December 25, 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
Corey Hall
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

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 Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI) | Original Score: D

December 21, 2012
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

...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 Source: JoBlo's Movie Emporium | Original Score: 2/10

December 26, 2012
Nell Minow

Shtick-y and utterly synthetic

Full Review Source: Beliefnet | Original Score: D

December 27, 2012
Alonso Duralde
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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.

Full Review Source: TheWrap

December 24, 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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