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Parental Guidance Reviews

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Stella Papamichael
Radio Times
December 27, 2012
Frankly it all feels a bit obvious, perfunctory and dated.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Grant Rollings
The Sun (UK)
December 27, 2012
Midler does her best as a put-upon grandma but, ultimately, Parental Guidance feels dated.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Chris Packham
Village Voice
December 27, 2012
An extended "in my day" joke intended to convey the superiority of old people over a lot of supposedly contemporary behavior that doesn't actually exist in real life.
Christopher Lloyd
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
December 27, 2012
Warm and schmaltzy, Parental Guidance is the movie equivalent of comfort food. It's funny and warmhearted, not terribly ambitious, but it does the things it sets out to do well.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
December 27, 2012
Billy Crystal and Bette Midler play dysfunctional grandparents. Ouch, and twice ouch.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Nell Minow
Beliefnet
December 27, 2012
Shtick-y and utterly synthetic
Full Review | Original Score: D
December 26, 2012
Billy Crystal and Bette Midler team up as goofball grandparents in a cheesy, by-the-numbers slice of computer-written family comedy designed primarily as multiplex fodder for the holidays.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Mathew DeKinder
Suburban Journals of St. Louis
December 26, 2012
However, most of the conflicts aren't really ever fleshed out, and the movie dedicates just as much energy to Crystal getting hit in the groin with a bat as it does to satisfactorily resolving much of anything.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
JimmyO
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
December 26, 2012
...this flick is so desperate to be hip that it ultimately feels as relevant as "Mr. Belvedere"... If you have to ask what that is, then you probably won't enjoy this movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/10
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
December 26, 2012
The Baby Boomer teaming no one was asking for—Billy Crystal and Bette Midler—melded to that most moribund of genres, rugrats "comedy"...
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
December 26, 2012
It's not much fun to watch the perennial Oscar host take a baseball bat to the groin or vomit on a child, let alone in the same scene.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate
December 26, 2012
Billy Crystal delivers nostalgic, heartwarming fun for young children, parents and grandparents.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
December 26, 2012
After a while it seems to run out of jokes, maybe to make room for all the crying and hug-it-out family redemption in the last half hour.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
December 26, 2012
I can't deny I did feel fonder of my own family afterward, mostly because I know none of them would ever make me sit through Parental Guidance.
Tim Evans
Sky Movies
December 26, 2012
Face it Billy, this isn't that funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
December 26, 2012
Surprisingly enjoyable family comedy, enlivened by likeable comic performances and a handful of decent gags ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Andrea Chase
Killer Movie Reviews
December 25, 2012
a sloppy concretion inadvertently showcasing pretty much everything that can be done wrong in filmmaking short of forgetting to remove the lens cap. Though in this case, that last might actually have been an improvement
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
A.A. Dowd
Time Out Chicago
December 25, 2012
It's hard to say what's worse: the sneering disdain for modern child-rearing tactics or the hacky generation-clash humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
December 25, 2012
It's hard to know who exactly "Parental Guidance" was made for.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
December 25, 2012
It's a shame they didn't choose a stronger project than Andy Fickman's family comedy, but you could certainly ask for worse babysitters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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