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Meet the Parents Reviews

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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.
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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.
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Derek Adams
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Astutely observed, subtly played and consistently hilarious...
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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
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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
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
January 1, 2000
[Roach] does know how to stage discrete comic moments, taking mildly humorous nightmares and turning them into nicely wrought miniatures.
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
January 1, 2000
I had a good time at Meet the Parents, even though the ratio of clinkers to yucks is disproportionately high.
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Bob Graham
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Robert De Niro and Ben Stiller give the comedy of disaster a nice little workout.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
January 1, 2000
A refreshing change from the current trend of gross and grosser humor.
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Within its formulaic confines, the humor works uncommonly well from time to time.
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Jessica Winter
Village Voice
January 1, 2000
Watching Ben get the girl or be seriously injured trying always has its dry, keening pleasures.
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Cody Clark
Mr. Showbiz
January 1, 2000
It's funny. Really funny.
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
January 1, 2000
| Original Score: B
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
January 1, 2000
Meet the Parents doesn't sparkle like Vincente Minnelli's Father of the Bride. But with bubbly adult comedies at such a premium, it goes down like a flute of Champagne, leaving an aftertaste of giggles.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Robert Horton
Film.com
January 1, 2000
The jokes work, because they are so relentless and absurd.
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John Anderson
Newsday
January 1, 2000
If ever there was a movie that felt like it was built backward, it's Meet the Parents.
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Susan Wloszczyna
USA Today
January 1, 2000
With near-Swiss precision, director/producer Jay Roach ... and his writers make sure familiarity breeds hilarity.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
January 1, 2000
Possibly the most amusing mainstream live-action comedy since There's Something About Mary.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
January 1, 2000
Meet the Parents is a one- -- well, maybe two- -- joke idea that starts out goofy and fun, but soon runs out of verbal or visual ammunition.
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
January 1, 2000
A crisply paced romp featuring pitch-perfect performances by adversarial leads Robert De Niro and Ben Stiller.
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
January 1, 2000
With Meet the Parents, mainstream Hollywood reclaims one of its former strengths. It proves that it still knows how to provide audiences with a good time.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Meet the Parents builds brilliantly on interlocking comic situations.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
January 1, 2000
See it with someone you love -- and maybe with his or her parents.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
January 1, 2000
Whenever the movie is about to go wrong, something happens to set it right -- usually instigated by the coldly mean De Niro or the hot, nervous Stiller.
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
January 1, 2000
In many ways reminiscent of There's Something About Mary.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
Even with Stiller and De Niro, Meet the Parents is an encounter that can be postponed until it's available on video.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
January 1, 2000
You couldn't do much better than to pit De Niro at his most humorlessly imposing against Ben Stiller at his most anxiously eager to please.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
January 1, 2000
Flat-out hilarious.
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January 1, 2000
Wonderfully funny.
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Bob Longino
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
January 1, 2000
This fall's pleasant surprise.
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
With all due respect to giggles, though, you would do better to rent Raging Bull.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Erik Lundegaard
Seattle Times
January 1, 2000
It's the prom night scene from There's Something About Mary stretched out over an entire movie - just not as funny.
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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer
January 1, 2000
It never runs out of steam or ways of inflicting more ignominy on Stiller.
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
January 1, 2000
None of the jokes are forced, which makes Meet the Parents a singular achievement.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Roach ... knows to play to the movie's twin strengths: Stiller and De Niro.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
January 1, 2000
A very funny movie.
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Sean P. Means
Film.com
January 1, 2000
Meet the Parents gets its best moments in the friction between De Niro and Stiller. Their screen personas -- the intimidator and the hapless smart guy -- are a perfect mismatch, and the spark between them ignite plenty of laughs.