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  • Summary: When a young woman (Polo) takes her fiancee (Stiller) home to meet her parents (DeNiro, Danner), everything goes wrong.
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  1. Positive: 30 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
  1. 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."
  2. Reviewed by: Cody Clark
    83
    It's funny. Really funny.
  3. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    80
    Has a soft windup, but along the way are some of the best-constructed slapstick sequences since "There's Something About Mary."
  4. It's a kind of "sex, lies and videotape'' in suburbia.
  5. 70
    While Stiller and De Niro can play hilariously off one another, the film -- despite its happy ending -- feels unresolved.
  6. 70
    This is a high-concept comedy, and none of the jokes are forced, which makes Meet the Parents a singular achievement.
  7. 40
    Never before have two such skilled actors been so monstrously squandered in a movie so replete with failed gags and pathetic gaffs.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 43
  2. Negative: 10 out of 43
  1. Nov 18, 2011
    10
    This is one of Ben Stiller's best movies. It remains consistently funny throughout and there are great performances from all of the actors. It is a lot of fun when everything goes wrong. Expand
  2. Apr 1, 2012
    9
    First off, I would give this a 9.25 out of 10. It's really funny. Acting is good. Score all right, and a good story. All thought the rest of series have been not great, , this one was really great. Overall, this is a great comedy. If you like a great comedy, then this is for you. Expand
  3. BenB
    Jan 16, 2007
    9
    Come, on movie raters - 6.6? That's the average? This movie is undeniably funny, and even kid of sweet in parts. HIlaroious entertainment and great family fare - so who are these knuckleheads that keep giving it 0s or 1s? Come on, guys, this movie is a scream! Expand
  4. Nov 26, 2011
    8
    A rather good comedy, Can be a little boring at times but it was enjoyable. De Nero played his role perfectly and the chemistry he had with stiller shows on screen. Well worth watching. Expand
  5. Oct 4, 2011
    7
    "Meet the Parents" is a appropriately lengthened family movie with decent acting. It's a very obvious comedy-family formula Hollywood loves to use, but surprisingly this movie's one of its kind. Expand
  6. Mar 30, 2013
    7
    Stiller does a good job but it's De Niro that really steals the show in this movie. It's funny from start to finish and a pretty enjoyable comedy to watch. Expand
  7. TheParent
    Feb 17, 2006
    0
    This movie was terrible. Anyone who thinks the definition of comedy is to have the one likeable and the only fleshed out character of the film to be bullied for two straight hours by one dimensional dickheads, should not have any creative control over a movie. It was a terrible watch. After seeing one character whom the movie depicts as totally normal and perfect for a girl get undeservedly trashed for a whole film, youd expect some kind of retribution which the film doesnt even attempt to offer. Oh yeah, and the girl for whom he suffers all this humiliation for is depicted as selfish, absent, cold, uncaring and vacuous. A movie which shouldnt have been made. With the cutting edge comedians now working TV, this kind of comedy was done to death 60 years ago. And much better ... Expand

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