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Meet the Fockers

Comedy . Romance

Hard-to-crack ex-CIA man, Jack Byrnes and his wife, Dina head for the warmer climes of Florida to meet son-in-law-to-be, Greg Focker's parents. Unlike their happily matched offspring, the future in-laws find themselves in a situation of opposites that definitely do not attract.

Actors: Robert De Niro , Teri Polo , Ben Stiller , Owen Wilson , Shelley Berman , Alanna Ubach , Tim Blake Nelson , Blythe Danner , Barbra Streisand , Dustin Hoffman
Directors: Jay Roach
Country: USA
Release: 2004-12-22
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  • Carina Chocano

    One of those relatively rare comedies that's at once puerile, charming and very funny throughout.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum

    The old-pro twosome of Streisand and Hoffman make such sexy and inviting ethnics (as a certain kind of movie likes to think of a certain kind of Jewish character) that they blithely prevail over the been-there-done-that gags.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    It's a silly good time, and that's something these days.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Aaron Hillis

    De Niro is constantly upstaged by the showstopping, sunburnt duo of Streisand and Hoffman, but even their material is so recycled (more Focker puns, etc.) that it doesn’t matter who steals the most chuckles.

    Premiere Full Review
  • Dennis Lim

    For a Ben Stiller rom-com, there's remarkably little pain and humiliation. Which, for the most part, is not a good thing.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Robert Wilonsky

    It's left to Barbra Streisand and Dustin Hoffman as Greg's parents to warm up the picture, and they light it on fire. Indeed, they're having such a swell time as Roz and Bernie Focker that they seem to be in an entirely different movie--a funnier one, a sexier one and a smarter one.

    Dallas Observer Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    Ms. Streisand hasn't been called on to deliver an immortal or even interesting performance, but she is a pip to watch.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • J.R. Jones

    The movie gets off to a weak start, but the jokes get progressively more bent.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Sheri Linden

    Feels jammed into a sitcom-shaped bid for laughs.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    The movie is pleasant enough, but never quite reaches critical mass as a comedy.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Allison Benedikt

    Though it's hard not to play it, the expectations game is a dangerous one, especially for sequels. And Roach's original, just like his overexposed star, set us up good.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    Too much of this lame comedy feels like it was written to satisfy a contract, with gags (like the business with the perpetually horny dog or the toddler who knows sign language) that are way beneath the talents of this cast.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Jami Bernard

    A sluggish sequel.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    It says a lot about the sequel that the funniest moment belongs to none of the big stars, but to Owen Wilson.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    The picture doesn't come close to approaching the near-classic quality of the earlier film.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    The problem lies in the screenplay which latches on to the few clever and/or funny elements in the film and runs them into the ground via repetition.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Liam Lacey

    Remember Pam? Lost in the Himalayas of big egos and overacting, she's the invisible character here. If they create a special Oscar for the most thankless part in an ensemble comedy, Teri Polo is a shoe-in.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    If there's any reason to bother with Meet the Fockers, it's to see Hoffman and Streisand. Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    From the start the jokes are on a different level than the last one: coarse, aggressive, and poorly timed by director Jay Roach.

    Slate Full Review
  • Todd McCarthy

    Te laughs "Fockers" generates are the type you feel embarrassed about almost immediately afterward.

    Variety Full Review
  • Shawn Levy

    How the mighty (De Niro and Hoffman) have fallen? More like how the mighty have pile-driven themselves into the solid mass of rock at the core of the Earth. . . .

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Maitland McDonagh

    Danner, whose Dina actually resembles a human being, would be its saving grace if her gracefully controlled performance weren't lost in a sea of braying caricatures.

    TV Guide Full Review
  • Pete Vonder Haar

    Director Jay Roach continues his regrettable "Austin Powers" habit of beating the same shtick to death until nothing of comedy value remains.

    Film Threat Full Review
  • Olly Richards

    A few laughs are salvaged due to the sheer quality of the talent present.

    Empire Full Review
  • Marjorie Baumgarten

    The abundance of talent gathered for Meet the Fockers is sadly shortchanged by the unimaginative script and directorial laissez faire. It’s more like the audience has been snookered rather than Fockered.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • David Chute

    Feels like a big-budget "Dharma & Greg" episode with toilet jokes.

    L.A. Weekly Full Review
  • Chris Kaltenbach

    Meet the Fockers? Avoid them would be a better suggestion.

    Baltimore Sun Full Review
  • Stephen Hunter

    The cast is too good for the script and the script is too good for the director and the director is too good for the horny dog jokes.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • David Sterritt

    De Niro and Hoffman almost give comic life to this brainless, vulgar farce.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • William Arnold

    Many regular moviegoers will be appalled by its gleeful crudity and saddened by the spectacle of three icon stars mugging through a farce that's not that many notches above "Jackass: The Movie."

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer Full Review
  • Nathan Rabin

    Meet The Fockers has assembled a historic, once-in-a-lifetime cast, then stranded them in the laziest, most mercenary kind of sequel imaginable. It's like the 1927 Yankees taking on the Special Olympics softball team.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Desson Thomson

    Don't even rent the DVD, it'll only encourage them.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    Does Meet the Fockers make you laugh? Sure it does, from time to time. Just lower your expectations to the altitude of the gag that's showcased in the trailer, the one in which Jinx the cat flushes a little dog named Moses down a toilet.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
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