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Meet the Parents

Romance . Comedy

Greg Focker is ready to marry his girlfriend, Pam, but before he pops the question, he must win over her formidable father, humorless former CIA agent Jack Byrnes, at the wedding of Pam's sister. As Greg bends over backward to make a good impression, his visit to the Byrnes home turns into a hilarious series of disasters, and everything that can go wrong does, all under Jack's critical, hawklike gaze.

Actors: Phyllis George , Tom McCarthy , James Rebhorn , Jon Abrahams , Nicole DeHuff , Owen Wilson , Blythe Danner , Teri Polo , Robert De Niro , Ben Stiller
Directors: Jay Roach
Country: USA
Release: 2000-10-06
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  • Todd McCarthy

    A flat-out hilarious mainstream comedy.

    Variety Full Review
  • David Sterritt

    Many belly laughs.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Chris Kaltenbach

    De Niro and Stiller combine to bring on laughs you don't have to feel guilty about.

    Baltimore Sun Full Review
  • Cody Clark

    It's funny. Really funny.

    Mr. Showbiz Full Review
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum

    It's a bouncy, loose limbed, ''families do the darnedest things'' sitcom that elicits ungrudging laughs.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    De Niro's performance works because it isn't exactly likable -- he's totally at ease with his own jokes, but he's not out to make us feel relaxed. Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    Has a soft windup, but along the way are some of the best-constructed slapstick sequences since "There's Something About Mary."

    Slate Full Review
  • Desson Thomson

    Roach knows to play to the movie's twin strengths: Stiller and De Niro. Throw these guys together, turn up the intensity.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    Directed by Jay Roach, who made the "Austin Powers" movies and here shows he can dial down from farce into a comedy of (bad) manners. His movie is funnier because it never tries too hard.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Michael Wilmington

    These two actors have a kind of genius for dark comedy: Stiller for suffering through crises and De Niro for creating them.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    Calling a comedy old-fashioned nowadays might seem like a backhanded compliment, but that's precisely what this genial, funny movie is.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Jami Bernard

    What makes it work so well is superb chemistry and a light touch. The spray-painted cat scene doesn't hurt, either.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Jonathan Foreman

    Part sitcom, part comedy of manners - but it lacks the courage to deal honestly with class and ethnicity.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Desmond Ryan

    Blithely funny and on-the-money movie.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Bob Graham

    It's a kind of "sex, lies and videotape'' in suburbia.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Susan Wloszczyna

    With near-Swiss precision, director/producer Jay Roach and his writers make sure familiarity breeds hilarity.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Jay Carr

    Distress of Parents is a real pleasure.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • William Arnold

    Stiller is enjoyably long-suffering, and De Niro convinces us that Attila the Hun would make a preferable father-in-law.

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer Full Review
  • Paul Malcolm

    While Stiller and De Niro can play hilariously off one another, the film -- despite its happy ending -- feels unresolved.

    L.A. Weekly Full Review
  • Robert Wilonsky

    It has just enough "comedy" to qualify as crowd-pleaser.

    Dallas Observer Full Review
  • Robert Horton

    While this movie is no great advance in cinema comedy, it is rewardingly silly. Full Review
  • Sean Means

    Delivers its humor with clockwork reliability. Full Review
  • A.O. Scott

    This is a high-concept comedy, and none of the jokes are forced, which makes Meet the Parents a singular achievement.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • David Ansen

    Director Jay Roach ("Austin Powers") has a keen sense of comic timing, and the script keeps finding clever new ways to mortify our poor hero.

    Newsweek Full Review
  • Lisa Alspector

    Scenes that should have been uproarious are weaker than many of the movie's smaller moments.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Marjorie Baumgarten

    Ultimately passable movie entertainment, but like most future in-laws leaves a feeling of something still desired.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Kim Morgan

    A funny and sometimes substantial movie that in real life would never have a happy ending.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Wesley Morris

    What begins as unassumingly dull wanders into disarming chaos.

    San Francisco Examiner Full Review
  • Maitland McDonagh

    The gross-out factor is surprisingly low, and the combination of Stiller and De Niro is inspired.

    TV Guide Full Review
  • Jessica Winter

    Watching Ben get the girl or be seriously injured trying always has its dry, keening pleasures.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Susannah Breslin

    Never before have two such skilled actors been so monstrously squandered in a movie so replete with failed gags and pathetic gaffs.

    TNT RoughCut Full Review
  • Kenneth Turan

    This buoyant, giddy comedy of catastrophe is the funniest film of the year so far, possibly the most amusing mainstream live-action comedy since "There's Something About Mary."

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
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