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Parenthood Reviews

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Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine
April 29, 2007
Parenthood is a middlebrow masterpiece. Not a masterpiece of middlebrow but a middlebrow masterpiece, with the latter word being the subject, not the modifier.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Brian Case
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Steve Martin's manically over-conscientious dad steals the film, whether chewing the pitch as his small son fumbles at baseball, or entertaining a kids' party as an unconvincing cowboy.
Clint Morris
March 10, 2005
Ron Howard works magic with this great comedy
| Original Score: 3/5
Michael A. Smith
Nolan's Pop Culture Review
January 8, 2005
One of Ron Howard's best with a great cast.
| Original Score: 5/5
Frank Ochieng
June 23, 2004
Ron Howard's pithy and poignant look at domestic disillusionment...a pure joy to behold!
| Original Score: 4/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Even being the most sensitive parent, the film reminds us, has its limits. No matter how hard you try, you can't live your children's lives for them.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner
March 2, 2003
One-dimensional characters and 1st grade humor combine to make a self-important film that takes itself seriously. Horrible.
| Original Score: 0/5
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
February 14, 2003
A funny, uneven look at the ups, downs, joys and sorrows of being a parent. It's a bit heavy-handed, but stll touching.
| Original Score: 3/5
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum
February 5, 2003
Maybe you need to be a parent to like this, because I thought it was lifeless.
| Original Score: 1/5
August 15, 2002
Always makes me cry- touching and funny
| Original Score: 3/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 16, 2002
Encourages us to ponder the awesome, crazy, powerful, and zany vocation of parenting.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 12, 2001
It's a shock, and a welcome one, to see Steve Martin cast against type as a doting dad. Martin's nippy wit continually lifts this movie above the swamp of sentiment.
Nick Hilditch
April 17, 2001
Director Ron Howard combines this multi-generational suburban soap almost effortlessly, considering the number of parents or would be parents we're expected to care about.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
It's the best kind of comedy, where we recognize the truth of what's happening even while we're smiling, and where we eventually acknowledge that there is a truth in comedy that serious drama never can quite reach.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Punchy entertainment for the open-minded family, the kind that realizes Home Sweet Home is -- well, an interesting idea.
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
A veritable diaper bag of laughs, it serves best as a sensitive guy's guide to fatherhood.
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
January 1, 2000
Parenthood is so nice and so fun that you just want to put aside concerns about its manipulation and its sanitized version of kids' struggles. If you can do that, then this feel-good effort will work for you.
| Original Score: 76/100
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
January 1, 2000
Most films are advised not to include too many featured parts lest none be adequately developed, but director Ron Howard is one of the few who can and does bring this off.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
The performances are all wonderful, each actor having received some sort of acting plum and each giving it his all. Director Ron Howard is very good at comedy, and his timing is expert throughout the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Mark R. Leeper
January 1, 2000
A mosaic that views parenthood from many different angles and approaches and at times even comes near to restoring something that has been missing from film: some powerful drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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