The Thing About My Folks Reviews

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Time Out
November 17, 2011
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
August 16, 2007
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Time Out
February 9, 2006
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
October 5, 2005
| Original Score: C
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Susan Walker
Toronto Star
September 30, 2005
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
September 30, 2005
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
September 29, 2005
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
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution
September 26, 2005
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AV Club
September 26, 2005
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
September 23, 2005
If you thought Mad About You was cloying and gaggingly cute, this could give you the dry heaves.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
September 23, 2005
About as entertaining as the yearly family argument, without any of the holiday turkey to make it worthwhile.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
September 22, 2005
If you leave The Thing About My Folks thinking about your own folks, consider the movie a success.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
September 22, 2005
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
September 16, 2005
If ever there were a movie to see with your pop, this is just the Thing.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Ned Martel
New York Times
September 16, 2005
The Thing About My Folks is Paul Reiser's return to playing Paul Reiser.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
September 16, 2005
The movie belongs entirely to Falk's memorable Sam.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
September 16, 2005
A talky therapy session of a comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Renee Graham
Boston Globe
September 16, 2005
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 | Original Score: 1/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
September 16, 2005
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
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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
September 15, 2005
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 | Original Score: 2.5/5
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John Anderson
Newsday
September 15, 2005
The Thing About My Folks is a crowd-pleasing, tear-tugging film about relationships that should have wide appeal and widespread resonance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
September 15, 2005
This movie won't dent anyone's career. It's too 'eh' for that.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
September 15, 2005
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.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
September 15, 2005
I can't recommend the movie, but I can be grateful that I saw it, for Falk.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Scott Brown
Entertainment Weekly
September 14, 2005
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 | Original Score: C+
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Robert Koehler
Variety
September 13, 2005
Good-natured but only memorable as a platform for the amusingly feisty Peter Falk.
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Matt Singer
Village Voice
September 13, 2005
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.