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Meet the Parents Reviews

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Top Critic
Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader
April 9, 2012
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.
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 26, 2010
Star-driven comedy at times offensive and funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
December 20, 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
Michael Dequina
January 14, 2010
What gives the film its special kick is the match of Stiller and De Niro.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
David N. Butterworth
October 18, 2008
Nobody plays put-upon quite like Ben Stiller.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
August 15, 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.

August 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.
Rob Gonsalves
March 11, 2008
Owes about 55 percent of its charm to De Niro, who can be hilarious just sitting there.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 2007
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
Jordan Hiller
September 27, 2006
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
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
July 24, 2006
Contains enough belly-laughs and sly jokes to become one of the bigger crowd-pleasers of the fall.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Top Critic
Derek Adams
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Astutely observed, subtly played and consistently hilarious...
Susannah Breslin
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
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
Jamey Codding
July 5, 2005
A definite must-see that's perfect for a guys' night out or a relaxing date.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
An entertaining little outing, but not something that will stay with me.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
January 3, 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
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
October 24, 2003
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
Jim Shelby
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003
As far as one-joke movies go, this one has its guffaws.
| Original Score: 2/4
P. Ignatieff
April 18, 2003
Stiller plays a familiar character with a nice energy and presence, making the most of all his character's asides and observations.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Harry Guerin
RTÉ (Ireland)
March 26, 2003
Guaranteed to put you off suggested Sunday outings for life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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