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Keeping Up With The Steins Reviews

June 9, 2006
Excellent casting lifts this sitcomlike script.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 9, 2006
It's not meant to be uproarious. But even as comfort food, Steins can't keep up.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
June 9, 2006
By the time the Fiedlers are getting serious about their arguments and their hugs, we've grown to like them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 2, 2006
A winningly sincere and warmly humorous film about an ancient Jewish milestone in the time of Martha Stewart.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 1, 2006
It's not the kind of comedy that makes you laugh till your face hurts, but it'll give your smile muscles a good workout.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 26, 2006
Had Scott Marshall and screenwriter Mark Zakarin honed their knives sharper, they could have made genuine mirth out of this.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 26, 2006
The tribute to an aging parent is moving and gives this routine comedy an extra something.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 26, 2006
Shooting a comedy, like telling a joke, demands a sense of rhythm, and Scott is no dancer -- he keeps tripping against the grain of the humour.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
May 26, 2006
The specificity of the indulged lives in this film is delivered so ineptly that it seems as if rich kids have been shooting home movies in their own back yards. Which may be the case.
Full Review | Original Score: D
May 26, 2006
We get the distinct feeling this film has been made by people who don't really want to offend their friends, who would rather spend a million dollars impressing others as opposed to throwing it away on hunger relief or American education.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
May 26, 2006
Warm, witty, and sitcom-obvious -- a genuine audience pleaser that's built to wring laughs of pained recognition from anyone who has survived a bar mitzvah as either a participant or an observer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 25, 2006
Comes off like a collection of TV actors doing somebody a favor.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
May 25, 2006
An adept cast that resists stereotyping keeps the plot humming.
Full Review | Original Score: B
May 25, 2006
[Zakarin] keeps things clearly flat and primary, and the characters never become more than stereotype.
May 25, 2006
There's not much new here, but the engaging cast ... keeps the formula reasonably fresh.
Read More | Original Score: C+
May 16, 2006
... we have a lot of stereotypes, but they're not done in a mean-spirited way.
May 12, 2006
Blends humor with heart for a satisfying, if predictable, experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 12, 2006
Despite problems of tone and tempo, Steins is appealingly cast.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 12, 2006
A barrage of bad jokes, offensive stereotypes and dated reference points, the movie is like Meet the Fockers on overdrive.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
May 12, 2006
A sitcom with enough big laughs and emotional truth to get audiences past awkward pacing and some slow spots.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 12, 2006
The cast is uniformly charming, while the script both promotes family values and tweaks stereotypes in the gentlest ways.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
May 12, 2006
Director Scott Marshall and screenwriter Mark Zakarin pander to Jewish viewers the way Andy Garcia's The Lost City panders to Cuban Americans.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
May 12, 2006
A fresh and lovable comedy about a dysfunctional Jewish family planning their son's bar mitzvah.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 12, 2006
What begins as a scathing but loving satire of materialism loses its way once it turns into a warmhearted after-school special...
Full Review | Original Score: B
May 11, 2006
Keeping Up With the Steins begins as a growling, razor-toothed satire of carnivorous consumption in Hollywood. But after the first half-hour, those growls subside into whimpers.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
May 11, 2006
A movie full of contrivance and confection.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 11, 2006
As director, Scott Marshall displays an unsurprising flair for selling a joke, but also a fine sense of dramatic pacing and, even better, a gift for brevity, neither of which, it could be argued, are innate skills of his famous filmmaking family.
May 11, 2006
While Marshall opted to pass up something dry and acidic in favor of a big bottle of Manischewitz, his movie is not without its pleasant charms, thanks to an energetic cast that manages to keep up with Marshall's highly amusing dad, Garry.
May 11, 2006
A tweener in every respect: It hasn't the nerve to offend anyone, yet it hasn't the flavor of warm-hearted comfort food.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
May 10, 2006
Keeping Up With the Steins turns into a recipe to forget: chopped liver with 'heart.'
Full Review | Original Score: C-
May 9, 2006
A sure-fire audience-pleaser.