• PG-13, 1 hr. 34 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Raymond De Felitta
    In Theaters:
    Sep 16, 2005 Wide
    On DVD:
    Feb 14, 2006
  • Picturehouse


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The Thing About My Folks Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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If you thought Mad About You was cloying and gaggingly cute, this could give you the dry heaves.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 2/5

September 23, 2005
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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I can't recommend the movie, but I can be grateful that I saw it, for Falk.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 15, 2005
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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This movie won't dent anyone's career. It's too 'eh' for that.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 1.5/4

September 15, 2005
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Reiser and Falk never stop yammering at each other, not when they're line-dancing, not when they're watching a baseball game, not when they should be trying to counter-steer their way out of the car accident they're in the midst of.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 2/4

September 22, 2005
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine

Like Peter Falk's trifecta of farts, the movie stinks.

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

September 10, 2005
Brian Orndorf

Folks means well with its combination of slapstick comedy and tearjerking material, yet it's a random picture, never quite gelling the way Reiser imagines it.

Full Review Source: FilmJerk.com | Original Score: C

September 15, 2005
Mark R. Leeper

The film is a little saccharine and never as moving as Reiser expected. I know Reiser loves his father, but I didn't need to pay to be told it.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/10

January 13, 2006
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Director Raymond De Felitta's clinical visual treatment renders the tone too cold.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 30, 2005
Robert Koehler
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Good-natured but only memorable as a platform for the amusingly feisty Peter Falk.

Full Review Source: Variety

September 13, 2005
Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
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If you've ever wondered what it would feel like to be trapped in a '36 Ford convertible for 47 years with a Yiddish theater version of Dr. Phil and the runaway bride, this is the movie for you.

| Original Score: 0.5/4

September 29, 2005
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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| Original Score: C

October 5, 2005

Even Columbo couldn't solve the mystery of why it doesn't work to mix Sweet with a capital 'S' and flatulence.

Full Review Source: TheMovieChicks.com | Original Score: 2.5/5

September 18, 2005
Matt Singer
Village Voice
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Falk isn't given anything funny to say or do, but his performance is littered with beautiful touches, tiny oases of brilliance in an entertainment desert.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

September 13, 2005
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

The Thing About My Folks contains more sap than a Vermont maple.

Full Review Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema | Original Score: C-

December 31, 2005
Ned Martel
New York Times
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The Thing About My Folks is Paul Reiser's return to playing Paul Reiser.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/5

September 16, 2005
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly

If Reiser's smart, he'll hire Falk for a new Columbo episode, 'The Case of the Roadkill Movie.'

Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly

October 7, 2005
Lewis Beale
Film Journal International

Formulaic to the max, it's never as funny nor as insightful as it wants to be.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

October 6, 2005
Timothy Knight

Ultimately more cloying than poignant.

| Original Score: 2/4

September 24, 2005
Jesse Hassenger

The real problem with this Paul Reiser project is Reiser himself, who displays little talent for anchoring a feature film

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 2/5

September 15, 2005
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

A 'Mad About Gramps' episode that requires Falk to line-dance to Travis Tritt and otherwise demonstrate that old people sure are funny and cute and flatulent.

| Original Score: '1/4'

September 30, 2005
Dave Calhoun
Time Out New York
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August 16, 2007
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
September 9, 2005

Boston Phoenix
September 24, 2005

AV Club
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September 26, 2005

Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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September 26, 2005

Time Out
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February 9, 2006

Time Out
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