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Keeping Up With The Steins Reviews

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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
June 9, 2006
Excellent casting lifts this sitcomlike script.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
June 9, 2006
It's not meant to be uproarious. But even as comfort food, Steins can't keep up.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
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
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
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
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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
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Tom Long
Detroit News
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
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
May 25, 2006
Comes off like a collection of TV actors doing somebody a favor.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Nancy Churnin
Dallas Morning News
May 25, 2006
An adept cast that resists stereotyping keeps the plot humming.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
May 25, 2006
[Zakarin] keeps things clearly flat and primary, and the characters never become more than stereotype.
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
May 25, 2006
There's not much new here, but the engaging cast ... keeps the formula reasonably fresh.
| Original Score: C+
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
May 16, 2006
... we have a lot of stereotypes, but they're not done in a mean-spirited way.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
May 12, 2006
Blends humor with heart for a satisfying, if predictable, experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 12, 2006
Despite problems of tone and tempo, Steins is appealingly cast.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
May 12, 2006
A barrage of bad jokes, offensive stereotypes and dated reference points, the movie is like Meet the Fockers on overdrive.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
May 12, 2006
A sitcom with enough big laughs and emotional truth to get audiences past awkward pacing and some slow spots.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
May 12, 2006
The cast is uniformly charming, while the script both promotes family values and tweaks stereotypes in the gentlest ways.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
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
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
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.
| Original Score: 2/5
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John Anderson
Newsday
May 11, 2006
A movie full of contrivance and confection.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly
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.
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
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.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
May 10, 2006
Keeping Up With the Steins turns into a recipe to forget: chopped liver with 'heart.'
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Ronnie Scheib
Variety
May 9, 2006
A sure-fire audience-pleaser.