Parents Reviews

October 11, 2019
Parents is not for the squeamish. Its sound track jostles with novelty tunes of the 1950s-from Chantilly Lace to Purple People Eater-but the humor only enhances the horror.
April 10, 2019
Parents offers a unique horror-comedy experience that, while disliked by critics after its release in 1989, can now certainly be deemed a cult classic.
February 19, 2019
The central idea of alienation may be ever present but Balaban doesn't get the tone quite right with direction that's fine scene to scene but cumulatively doesn't generate the necessary thrills to make Parents one to rush out and adopt.
July 4, 2015
The Oedipal conflict that Parents plays out is timeless, but also very much rooted in its times, with a darkly comic nostalgia that looks both backwards to a Paradise lost and forwards to one perhaps never regained.
June 15, 2007
the movie is an intense comedy about psychological abuse that will repulse as many viewers as it pleases. The only reaction it will likely not instill is nonchalance.
October 15, 2005
July 17, 2005
July 20, 2004
March 29, 2004
Pretty clever thriller that's about half as smart as it thinks it is.
March 27, 2004
January 20, 2003
November 5, 2002
July 29, 2002
January 1, 2000
Because it speaks to a terror that lurks deep within our memories, Parents has the potential to be a great horror film. But it never knows quite what to do with its inspiration.
January 27, 1989