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Meet the Parents Reviews

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John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online
February 8, 2003
This film is almost too real to be funny. It is one uncomfortable moment after another - and that is what Stiller does best, but director Roach would have done well to tone it down a bit.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
February 7, 2003
Stiller has a gift for looking funny effortlessly, when he's doing nothing physical. With no mugging, no physical contortions, he turns his face into a palette of pain and confusion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ron Wells
Film Threat
December 8, 2002
What saves the movie from remaining an exercise in self-parody for all involved is director Roach's feel for the material.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Matthew Turner
October 30, 2002
This is, unquestionably, the best comedy currently on release. Highly recommended.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
October 21, 2002
Great filmmaking this is not, but if you're looking for an amusing, undemanding couple of hours, give this a try.
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
September 10, 2002
Overbearingly cruel and only modestly funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
August 16, 2002
This simple but well-constructed comedy picks a situation that naturally causes anxiety - meeting your in-laws - and turns it into a walk through hell.
Full Review| Original Score: 3/4
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
August 2, 2002
I'm eagerly awaiting a sequel.
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
June 15, 2002
Too many actors make the error of thinking that being funny involves lots of hysteria and hyperactivity, but De Niro knows that good comic acting is no different than good dramatics: The performance must be grounded in truth.
Michael Tunison
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
Consistently more fun than it has any right to be, Meet the Parents is an example of how sometimes it really is all about casting the right couple of stars.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002
This truth doesn't hurt as much as the infamous franks-and-beans scene from There's Something About Mary, but the pain and the laughter last longer.
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
March 22, 2002
When the script puts its faith in the audience, allowing us to find the laughs on our own, the film is irresistible, a bright lark. Yet when the writers panic, upping the antic volume and shifting into crazed sitcom gear, the lark stops.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jason Anderson
February 3, 2002
Solid, sadistic Stiller fare.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
December 10, 2001
One of those cruel-yet-very-funny crowd pleasers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
October 22, 2001
It was a well-acted, likable and benignly amusing film.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Scott Weinberg
October 10, 2001
Ben Stiller is simply fantastic, and this DeNiro kid could be big someday.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Andrew Manning
Radio Free Entertainment
September 30, 2001
A non-stop riot headed up by the first rate pairing of Ben Stiller and Robert DeNiro.
Top Critic
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
June 4, 2001
A hilarious hodgepodge of The In-Laws and Annie Hall, in which De Niro gives his best comic performance to date.
| Original Score: 4/5
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
April 18, 2001
A straightforward romantic comedy that doesn't take a lot of chances, but still manages to deliver the goods.
| Original Score: 77/100
Stephen Farber
April 16, 2001
Stiller, who is shaping up to be one of the most adept comic performers of our time, does a terrific job of building sympathy for the hapless outsider.
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