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Parenthood Reviews

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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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.
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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Sheila Benson
Los Angeles Times
July 31, 2013
The remaining cast, young, old and in-between, is lovely.
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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
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
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.
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
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.
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Variety Staff
Variety
February 2, 2009
An ambitious, keenly observed, and often very funny look at one of life's most daunting passages...
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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