Mixed or average reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 17
  2. Negative: 4 out of 17
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  1. 75
    It has elements of sweet romance and elements of macabre humor, and divides its characters between the two.
  2. 70
    A movie comedy that manages to be consistently funny without becoming assaultive, and that remains consistently sweet-tempered even at its most macabre, isn't so common that we can refuse this one's modest pleasures.
  3. 60
    Written by Vince Gilligan and directed by newcomer Dean Parisot, Home Fries is far too cute and eager to please, but Barrymore and Wilson are charming, and O'Hara is a blast.
  4. This absurdist satire of sex, sibling rivalry, Oedipal ties, homicidal fantasies and fast food in the American heartland at least has the right attitude. It just isn't funny enough in its particulars to make you break up laughing.
  5. 50
    A fast-food type of movie - it looks good in the commercials and is easy to sit through, but it doesn't offer much in the way of satisfaction.
  6. 50
    Too dry to be very funny and too contrived to be outrageous, this movie has a tone so unusual it almost seems to have none at all.
  7. Barrymore and Busey walk away with the acting honors, but no aspect of the picture is more than mildly entertaining.
  8. Reviewed by: Sandra Contreras
    The film boasts slick production values and a charmingly modest turn from the charismatic Barrymore, but it's too trifling and uneven to be a good date movie.
  9. You'd never know it from the innocuous-looking trailers, but Home Fries is really "When Dorian Met Sally" meets "Psycho."
  10. A strange, somewhat icky romantic comedy. [25 November 1998, p. 45]
  11. 40
    Overloaded with oddities but a bit short on horse sense, this is one of those stubbornly defiant, attitude-driven movies that's so busy scrambling genres, breaking rules, and dashing expectations on the road to becoming art that it slips off into the ditch.
  12. 40
    Veering wildly from macabre Southern Gothic to quirky small-town romance, Home Fries is too busy cross-pollinating genres to bother with consistent behavior and tone.
  13. A twisted, but not particularly clever, black comedy.
  14. Reviewed by: Gary Dauphin
    The just plain folks in Home Fries -- down home, slightly slow, and desperate for happiness -- would make great Jerry Springer Show guests if they weren't so damned pretty.
  15. Reviewed by: Glenn Lovell
    While plot elements don't add up, film's energy level remains high, and oddball ensemble brings to mind a classic of this type, Jonathan Demme's "Citizens Band."
  16. One of those comedies in which almost everything good about it is extraneous. There are funny lines and quirky bits, but in terms of story and character, the movie is empty and pointless.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. BigBroB.
    Aug 13, 2006
    DO watch this film! This is an unusual , quirky film that is soo good natured even while it's sick and screwed up (and not necessarily DO watch this film! This is an unusual , quirky film that is soo good natured even while it's sick and screwed up (and not necessarily in the good ways lol). The acting is very good. The production values - surprisingly high. The plot madcap yet reasonable. What a hoot. I am a fan. Full Review »