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Fathers' Day Reviews

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Carol Buckland
CNN.com
July 14, 2014
Father's Day has a few laugh-out-loud sequences, but it's nothing to celebrate.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
July 14, 2014
A movie of implacable unfunniness.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
July 14, 2014
For the comic actors, this project -- an enjoyable synthesis of improvisation and adherence to the original story -- seems almost too easy. You wonder why it took them so long.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
July 14, 2014
Williams and Crystal often supply, through their ad libs, what the writers may have left out.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 14, 2014
Hey, it sounded good on paper.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Robert Dominguez
New York Daily News
July 14, 2014
Despite some laughs, there's not much of a story. But at least Williams and Crystal, old pals off the screen, seem to be enjoying themselves.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
July 14, 2014
There is something faintly depressing about seeing an inspired comedian like Robin Williams and a clever one like Billy Crystal starring in a movie that might just as well have been based on My Two Dads.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Doug Thomas
Seattle Times
July 14, 2014
Fans of Crystal and Williams certainly will enjoy the pairing, but this is far from their most inspired work.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
July 14, 2014
Add to these problems the fact that Fathers' Day is a comedy starring two reputedly hilarious people who don't make you laugh once, and you have a movie that would be great if everything about it weren't terrible.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
July 14, 2014
Ivan Reitman directs Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel's adaptation like standard-issue sitcom, inviting Williams to pursue his usual overacting shtick.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
I had the disquieting sensation not of seeing two funny men but of watching two comedians from a distant age go through the motions of what they, all evidence to the contrary, still believe to be funny.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
June 10, 2011
Robin Williams and Billy Crystal can each provoke a lot more laughs in a minute of standup than they jointly manage during the entire running time of Fathers' Day.
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Nick Bradshaw
Time Out
February 11, 2006
Writers Ganz and Mandell go pleasingly light on the syrup and sentimentality.
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 6, 2002
Enjoy it, forget it, move on.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
Inoffensive, predictable, obvious, Fathers' Day is all the things a major studio comedy wants and needs to be. If you noticed that funny is not on the list, go to the head of the class.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
Fathers' Day simply has to be seen to be believed. It's beyond my comprehension how a motion picture with so much talent associated with it can be such a complete waste of time.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Father's Day is a brainless feature-length sitcom with too much sit and no com.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
January 1, 2000
There are some slow patches and formulaic touches, but that's a fair trade for the fun of watching Mr. Williams and Mr. Crystal make an irresistible comic team.
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Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Robin Williams and Billy Crystal, teaming for the first time on the big screen, are moderately fun but suffer from what looks like a case of too-calculated Hollywood packaging.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Fathers' Day offers sporadic laughs of the lowest kind -- the old outhouse-bites-man thing -- but some conspicuous idiocy as well.
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Mike Clark
USA Today
January 1, 2000
No masterpiece but undeniably heavy on laughs, the movie is put over by the buffed, lubricated dynamics of two leads who substantially transcend what is otherwise a borderline tepid dose of family values.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
| Original Score: 3/4