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The Thing About My Folks Reviews

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Stefan Ulstein
Christianity Today
November 2, 2006
Reiser has given us a film that makes us laugh while contemplating the ways we understand and misunderstand those we love.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
March 1, 2006
Moderately appealing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Mark R. Leeper
January 13, 2006
The film is a little saccharine and never as moving as Reiser expected. I know Reiser loves his father, but I didn't need to pay to be told it.
Full Review| Original Score: 5/10
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
December 31, 2005
The Thing About My Folks contains more sap than a Vermont maple.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
December 15, 2005
...provides [Falk] with an opportunity for his best work in a a Hollywood film since the hilarious and underrated Big Trouble (1986).
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
November 23, 2005
The truth about this sweet, rather shambling little movie is somewhere between the gush and the criticism.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Michael Szymanski
November 4, 2005
It's a slow enjoyable ride where you aren't asking "are we there yet?" all the way through it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
October 20, 2005
Before I saw this film, only one movie, Field of Dreams, had ever made me cry. Now there are two.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
October 8, 2005
A lot of the humor is forced and unfunny.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
October 7, 2005
If Reiser's smart, he'll hire Falk for a new Columbo episode, 'The Case of the Roadkill Movie.'
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
October 7, 2005
[Falk turns] a stereotyped curmudgeon into a warm and winning character and the only reason to watch.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
Lewis Beale
Film Journal International
October 6, 2005
Formulaic to the max, it's never as funny nor as insightful as it wants to be.
Dan Marcucci and Nancy Serougi
Broomfield Enterprise
October 4, 2005
Back when this flick was called "Big Fish," it was a great movie.
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Susan Walker
Toronto Star
September 30, 2005
Reiser, a famous face from the long-running TV series Mad About You, here proves himself to be a skilful writer and actor for the big screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
September 30, 2005
A straight-up case of really bad filmmaking, all mangled punchlines and sitcom setups and all of it too long in the telling.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
September 30, 2005
Two men of very different generations coming to understand and appreciate each other makes for some fine moments. And that's just the actors.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
September 30, 2005
Director Raymond De Felitta's clinical visual treatment renders the tone too cold.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
September 30, 2005
A 'Mad About Gramps' episode that requires Falk to line-dance to Travis Tritt and otherwise demonstrate that old people sure are funny and cute and flatulent.
Read More | Original Score: '1/4'
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
September 29, 2005
If you've ever wondered what it would feel like to be trapped in a '36 Ford convertible for 47 years with a Yiddish theater version of Dr. Phil and the runaway bride, this is the movie for you.
Read More | Original Score: 0.5/4
Eric D. Snider
September 28, 2005
Takes Reiser's good screenplay, adds a veteran actor who nails his performance, and comes up with a perfectly charming comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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