Peeples Reviews

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Bilge Ebiri
New York Magazine/Vulture
May 13, 2013
Pleasant, if inane - helped along by a likable cast that's clearly having fun.
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Laremy Legel
Film.com
May 11, 2013
Saves itself from a complete belly flop by its good-natured charm.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.5/10
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
May 10, 2013
Writer-director Tina Gordon Chism implies that people should accept each other for who they are, but with no genuine insight to back up this moral, it feels hollow.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
May 10, 2013
The slapstick is often clunky, but Robinson has a sweet jester's disposition that keeps many of the gags from collapsing.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
May 10, 2013
It's often rote and by-the-numbers, but writer-director Tina Gordon Chism injects the proceedings with enough smart chat, clever situations and spot-on casting choices to make this well-traveled road feel a little less stale.
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
May 10, 2013
A meet-the-parents-and-their-rigid-disapproval comedy, with a bit of fish-out-of-water humor tossed in.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
May 10, 2013
Even the bouncy score sounds like it was lifted from an old Three's Company episode; that is when they're not all belting out a song about where it's not cool to pee.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
May 10, 2013
A bland, quickly disposable romantic comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
May 10, 2013
Robinson deserves a movie that's polished where this one is haphazard, but he needs to be able to cut loose instead of being reduced to the confusion and blanching he is often called upon to do in this one.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Adam Graham
Detroit News
May 10, 2013
The movie's clichés would be more acceptable if the characters were better drawn, but there's not a memorable one in the bunch.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Dave McGinn
Globe and Mail
May 10, 2013
Chism doesn't know when to step on the gas and just go for belly laughs.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Andy Webster
New York Times
May 9, 2013
This pleasing ensemble comedy, while manifesting Perry trademarks, is very much Ms. Chism's own. And that is to its benefit.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
May 9, 2013
An infectious, warm comedy of family and communication and a promising debut as writer-director for Chism. These "Peeples" are people one should be happy to meet.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 9, 2013
Tina Gordon Chism's debut feature does point out the hypocrisy grown-ups are capable of - hiding secrets, hiding their feelings, even hiding valuable property from one another.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Keough
Boston Globe
May 9, 2013
"Peeples" gets off to a hobbling start, wraps up with the usual bromides, and is pretty much anodyne throughout ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
May 9, 2013
A predictable domestic comedy with some inspired comic touches.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
May 9, 2013
"Peeples" is a just-this-side-of-legal knockoff of "Meet the Parents," altered only by minor script details and an African-American cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
May 9, 2013
The elements are all there. They're just thrown together in haphazard fashion. A funny scene here, an attempt at a touching scene there, toss, repeat randomly, the end.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
May 9, 2013
Comedies about privileged princesses and unsuitable suitors come in all colors, but "Peeples" is only palatable on a double bill with pink antacid.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
May 9, 2013
"Peeples" may not break any new ground, but it's about time Perry threw a family reunion hosted by someone other than Madea.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Odie Henderson
Chicago Sun-Times
May 9, 2013
Chism's cast is game for her shenanigans, and the biggest pleasure of "Peeples" is watching them cut loose under her direction.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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May 9, 2013
It's a light and occasionally very funny movie; its critical stance-a goldmine for Perryologists-comes more from context than content.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
May 8, 2013
In essence, the film is a cross between Meet the Parents and an Adam Sandler idiot-in-a-china-shop comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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David Germain
Associated Press
May 8, 2013
These all are amiable people, decent people, sometimes funny people. But unfortunately, the peeps of ''Peeples'' just aren't very memorable people.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Zachary Wigon
Village Voice
May 8, 2013
While she doesn't quite achieve the screwball zaniness she strives for, Chism deserves commendation for crafting a farcical work that feels like it concerns real characters.
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Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter
May 7, 2013
The performers are up to the wacko task. But one of the movie's key problems is that it only pretends to let loose, its calculated absurdity firmly tethered to the life lessons that lie in wait.
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Nick Schager
Time Out
May 7, 2013
Defined by Three's Company-grade humor, this attempt at male-anxiety cringe-comedy is little more than a sitcom writ large ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Andrew Barker
Variety
May 5, 2013
"Peeples" may appropriate its entire premise and plot structure from "Meet the Parents," but its heart is suffused with French cinema.