• 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

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
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
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
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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After a while it seems to run out of jokes, maybe to make room for all the crying and hug-it-out family redemption in the last half hour.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C

December 26, 2012
Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
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I can't deny I did feel fonder of my own family afterward, mostly because I know none of them would ever make me sit through Parental Guidance.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

December 26, 2012
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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It's hard to know who exactly "Parental Guidance" was made for.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 0.5/4

December 25, 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
Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
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Deeply, willfully out of touch ...

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2/5

December 25, 2012
Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
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From a bounty of low, low moments in "Parental Guidance," it's difficult to choose the absolute lowest.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 1.5/4

December 25, 2012
Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
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Director Andy Fickman opts against subtlety at every turn. A score filled with heavy strings and the occasional ringing of chimes telegraphs all emotional cues, practically willing the water out of your tear ducts.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

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
Alonso Duralde
The Wrap
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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: The Wrap

December 24, 2012
Rafer Guzman
Newsday
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If you're looking for an all-ages crowd-pleaser, this may be your best bet.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2/4

December 24, 2012
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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This kernel of inter-generational farce never pops.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

December 24, 2012
Sara Stewart
New York Post
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Parental Guidance kicks off with a mean-spirited joke about an overweight woman and heads downhill from there.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 1/4

December 24, 2012
Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
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Parental Guidance should be rated X - suitable for no one.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 1/4

December 24, 2012
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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The laughs just aren't there.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger

December 24, 2012
Scott Bowles
USA Today
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While its senior stars do a terrific job capturing aging in a youth-crazed culture, Guidance drops the ball, in all departments, in its portrayal of anyone younger than 55.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 1.5/4

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
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
Brian Lowry
Variety
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The execution, alas, prevents this from being a genuine crowdpleaser, with the better moments (mostly of the schmaltzy variety) more than offset by the irritating and tedious ones.

Full Review Source: Variety

December 21, 2012
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