• 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

Time Out
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November 17, 2011
Dave Calhoun
Time Out New York
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August 16, 2007

Time Out
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February 9, 2006
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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| Original Score: C

October 5, 2005
Susan Walker
Toronto Star
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Reiser, a famous face from the long-running TV series Mad About You, here proves himself to be a skilful writer and actor for the big screen.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/4

September 30, 2005
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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Two men of very different generations coming to understand and appreciate each other makes for some fine moments. And that's just the actors.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 30, 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

Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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September 26, 2005

AV Club
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September 26, 2005
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
Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
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About as entertaining as the yearly family argument, without any of the holiday turkey to make it worthwhile.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 1.5/4

September 23, 2005
Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
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If you leave The Thing About My Folks thinking about your own folks, consider the movie a success.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3/5

September 22, 2005
Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Reiser wrote the script specifically for Falk and himself, so it's not surprising that the actors bond with their characters. And that makes it easy for the viewers to bond with them.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

September 22, 2005
Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
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If ever there were a movie to see with your pop, this is just the Thing.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: B

September 16, 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
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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The movie belongs entirely to Falk's memorable Sam.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

September 16, 2005
Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
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A talky therapy session of a comedy.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/4

September 16, 2005
Renee Graham
Boston Globe
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Flat and forgettable, it's a tiresome film barely held together by its plinky piano score, sophomoric flatulence jokes, and cloying greeting-card emotions.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 1/4

September 16, 2005
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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While I resisted much of it, by its finale I was grateful for the trip, and even more grateful to Reiser, who enabled Falk and Dukakis to give the performances of their careers.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

September 16, 2005
Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
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While stocked with simple, earnest observations on love, relationships and family, the film's haphazard plotting and often discordant tone keep it from being anything more than an episodic collection of sentimental aphorisms.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

September 15, 2005
John Anderson
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The Thing About My Folks is a crowd-pleasing, tear-tugging film about relationships that should have wide appeal and widespread resonance.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3/4

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
Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
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Even if you've had your bellyful of cute little movies about impossible but adorable families, you might want to make room for this graceful, semiautobiographical riff on Paul Reiser's relationship with his aging parents.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

September 15, 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
Scott Brown
Entertainment Weekly
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It's about men not so much tackling responsibility as passing it off laterally, and finally pulling an end run into the schmaltz zone.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C+

September 14, 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
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
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