Parenthood Reviews

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Dennis King
Tulsa World
August 13, 2014
It's hard to imagine a theme more universal and filled with human pitfalls than parenthood. And it's hard to imagine a movie treatment of that theme more humane and filled with gentle sympathy than director Ron Howard's Parenthood.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Paul M. Bradshaw
Total Film
July 31, 2013
Ambitiously probing every anxiety-ridden corner of the suburban mum-and-dad experience, some of its interconnecting story strands work better than others.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
July 31, 2013
Parenthood gets a lot of emotional mileage out of kiddie antics, but Howard has, thankfully, given us a little more.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 31, 2013
The fulcrum of the film is Martin. It's an adventurous and successful stroke of casting that takes advantage of what the audience expects from him.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
July 31, 2013
As Parenthood reveals within its charming, two-hour running time, the pitfalls and quandaries of child-rearing are universal -- and the joys and the heartaches remain lifelong concerns.
John Ferguson
Radio Times
July 31, 2013
This feel-good family ensemble piece from director Ron Howard manages to avoid being oversentimental, and the result is an affectionate, leisurely comedy about the joys (and otherwise) of bringing up children.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
July 31, 2013
There are good jokes and funny observations about middle-class life. The picture is too long and predictable, though.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
July 31, 2013
This movie has its share of laughs, but it's also Ron Howard's most personal film, and clearly his most ambitious.
Ralph Novak
People Magazine
July 31, 2013
Here is a comedy that treats the problems and delights of real life with respect, insight, warmth and remarkably sustained wit.
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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
July 31, 2013
Parenthood easily could have focused exclusively on yuppie parents and their kids; however, the script by Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel is more sophisticated than that, remembering that every parent is still a child too.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Sheila Benson
Los Angeles Times
July 31, 2013
The remaining cast, young, old and in-between, is lovely.
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
July 31, 2013
There's not a scene in Parenthood that isn't involving: The actors keep reaching into themselves and coming up with gold.
S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media
December 31, 2010
Poignant family dramedy with lots of adult themes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
August 26, 2009
Howard juggles all the characters effortlessly, showcasing troubles left and right without losing the film to gloom. It's nimble work, blessed with a cast that knows exactly what they're reaching for in their performances.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
February 2, 2009
There is something brave and original about piling up most of our worst parental nightmares in one movie and then daring to make a midsummer comedy out of them. It really shouldn't work, but it does.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
February 2, 2009
While Parenthood crosses the border into schmaltz a number of times, the movie runs the gamut of realistic emotions, and one scene or another is bound to hit home with the parents who see the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Variety Staff
Variety
February 2, 2009
An ambitious, keenly observed, and often very funny look at one of life's most daunting passages...

Bullz-Eye.com
June 2, 2007
| Original Score: 4/5
Steve Crum
Video-Reviewmaster.com
May 25, 2007
Funny, even perceptive, adult/family comedy.
| Original Score: 3/5
Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine
April 29, 2007
Parenthood is a middlebrow masterpiece. Not a masterpiece of middlebrow but a middlebrow masterpiece, with the latter word being the subject, not the modifier.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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