Parenthood Reviews

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June 26, 2020
...an engaging and often engrossing picture that benefits substantially from the efforts of a uniformly superb cast...
September 7, 2019
The glorification of fatherhood in today's films combined with the portrayal of women in the same movies as little more than breeding machines... is a treason against active motherhood and an attack on women who choose not to have children.
July 1, 2017
A feel-good sitcom about three generations of middle-class California suburban dwelling parents trying to deal with their vexing children as they experience growing pains.
August 13, 2014
It's hard to imagine a theme more universal and filled with human pitfalls than parenthood. And it's hard to imagine a movie treatment of that theme more humane and filled with gentle sympathy than director Ron Howard's Parenthood.
July 31, 2013
Ambitiously probing every anxiety-ridden corner of the suburban mum-and-dad experience, some of its interconnecting story strands work better than others.
July 31, 2013
Parenthood gets a lot of emotional mileage out of kiddie antics, but Howard has, thankfully, given us a little more.
July 31, 2013
The fulcrum of the film is Martin. It's an adventurous and successful stroke of casting that takes advantage of what the audience expects from him.
July 31, 2013
As Parenthood reveals within its charming, two-hour running time, the pitfalls and quandaries of child-rearing are universal -- and the joys and the heartaches remain lifelong concerns.
July 31, 2013
This feel-good family ensemble piece from director Ron Howard manages to avoid being oversentimental, and the result is an affectionate, leisurely comedy about the joys (and otherwise) of bringing up children.
July 31, 2013
There are good jokes and funny observations about middle-class life. The picture is too long and predictable, though.
July 31, 2013
This movie has its share of laughs, but it's also Ron Howard's most personal film, and clearly his most ambitious.
July 31, 2013
Here is a comedy that treats the problems and delights of real life with respect, insight, warmth and remarkably sustained wit.
July 31, 2013
Parenthood easily could have focused exclusively on yuppie parents and their kids; however, the script by Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel is more sophisticated than that, remembering that every parent is still a child too.
July 31, 2013
The remaining cast, young, old and in-between, is lovely.
July 31, 2013
With Parenthood, Howard as a director has discovered weight, but not gravity. For all of its admirable seriousness, the film finally floats away.
July 31, 2013
There's not a scene in Parenthood that isn't involving: The actors keep reaching into themselves and coming up with gold.
December 31, 2010
Poignant family dramedy with lots of adult themes.
August 26, 2009
Howard juggles all the characters effortlessly, showcasing troubles left and right without losing the film to gloom. It's nimble work, blessed with a cast that knows exactly what they're reaching for in their performances.
February 2, 2009
There is something brave and original about piling up most of our worst parental nightmares in one movie and then daring to make a midsummer comedy out of them. It really shouldn't work, but it does.
February 2, 2009
While Parenthood crosses the border into schmaltz a number of times, the movie runs the gamut of realistic emotions, and one scene or another is bound to hit home with the parents who see the film.
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