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Parenthood Reviews

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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
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
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4

February 2, 2009
Nothing more than sitcom material stretched to two hours.
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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.
Dennis King
Tulsa World
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
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.
Ralph Novak
People Magazine
July 31, 2013
Here is a comedy that treats the problems and delights of real life with respect, insight, warmth and remarkably sustained wit.
Paul M. Bradshaw
Total Film
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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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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
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
December 5, 2002
| Original Score: 5/5
John Ferguson
Radio Times
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
Scott Weinberg
July 25, 2002
| Original Score: 5/5
Clint Morris
March 10, 2005
Ron Howard works magic with this great comedy
| Original Score: 3/5
Brian Orndorf
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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
Rebecca Murray
September 24, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media
December 31, 2010
Poignant family dramedy with lots of adult themes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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