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      Meet the Parents isn't as funny as There's Something About Mary, nor as outrageous. But it confirms that Ben Stiller is the best of today's young practitioners of frustration comedy.

      Full Review | Jul 17, 2019

      Robert De Niro and Ben Stiller seem evenly matched, making effective foils.

      Full Review | Original Score: 3/4 | May 30, 2019

      Scenes that should have been uproarious are weaker than many of the movie's smaller moments, whose everyday humor isn't specific to the plot or characters.

      Full Review | Apr 9, 2012

      Star-driven comedy at times offensive and funny.

      Full Review | Original Score: 3/5 | Dec 26, 2010

      ...large swaths of the proceedings feel as though they'd be more at home within a garden-variety sitcom.

      Full Review | Original Score: 2/4 | Dec 20, 2010

      What gives the film its special kick is the match of Stiller and De Niro.

      Full Review | Original Score: 3/4 | Jan 14, 2010

      Nobody plays put-upon quite like Ben Stiller.

      Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4 | Oct 18, 2008

      Alas, poor Focker. He can't help himself. And we can't help ourselves from falling about, equally helpless, at this superbly antic movie.

      Full Review | Aug 15, 2008

      Packed with cringe-worthy moments from beginning to end, Jay Roach's comedy is for anyone who has ever endured a weekend in the company of potential in-laws.

      Full Review | Aug 15, 2008

      Owes about 55 percent of its charm to De Niro, who can be hilarious just sitting there.

      Full Review | Original Score: B | Mar 11, 2008

      Director Jay Roach of the Austin Powers films keeps the pace brisk, and the script by Jim Herzfeld and John Hamburg ably piles the pratfalls ludicrously high.

      Full Review | Original Score: 3/4 | Jul 14, 2007

      Stiller portrays a human accident better than anyone and he definitely knows how to extort laughs and sympathy from his audience

      Full Review | Original Score: 3/4 | Sep 27, 2006

      Director Roach ... uses awkward pauses and bizarre situations to create a near-perfect blend of verbal and physical humor.

      Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4 | Sep 1, 2006

      Contains enough belly-laughs and sly jokes to become one of the bigger crowd-pleasers of the fall.

      Full Review | Original Score: B | Jul 24, 2006

      Astutely observed, subtly played and consistently hilarious...

      Full Review | Feb 9, 2006

      Never before have two such skilled actors been so monstrously squandered in a movie so replete with failed gags and pathetic gaffes.

      Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5 | Dec 6, 2005

      A definite must-see that's perfect for a guys' night out or a relaxing date.

      Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5 | Jul 5, 2005

      An entertaining little outing, but not something that will stay with me.

      Full Review | Original Score: B | Apr 9, 2005

      The best American comedy of 2000. It has wit, slapstick and romance -- as well as an improbable comedy team in Robert De Niro and Ben Stiller

      Full Review | Jan 3, 2005

      Does the usual Hollywood bit of setting up the gags way in advance so that even a coma patient can spot them.

      Full Review | Original Score: 2/4 | Oct 24, 2003

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