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  • Summary: When a young woman (Polo) takes her fiancee (Stiller) home to meet her parents (DeNiro, Danner), everything goes wrong.
Score distribution:
  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. Jul 21, 2014
    10
    Meet the parents has hilarious comedy, talented actors and is one of Ben Stiller's best movies. The sequels
    pale in comparison and were
    unnecessary in my opinion. The first will always be the funniest. Expand
  3. Mar 15, 2013
    9
    An amazingly fresh and original comedy that is flat at hilarious. Robert De Niro is perfect for his part like everybody else but he had the best performance in this movie. I would recommend this to anyone that likes to laugh really hard and really loud. Expand
  4. 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
  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. Dec 12, 2013
    7
    Meet the Parents is consistently funny (just the fact that the main character is named 'Gaylord Focker' had me in stitches), and it reveals a hilarious chemistry between DeNiro and Stiller. It's a classic battle with the soon to be in-laws. Expand
  7. Feb 15, 2013
    6
    An overall decent movie, even though I can really not stand some of the actors. Best parts of the movie obviously involve DeNiro, whose non-verbal performance and facial expressions make the movie worth watching. Expand

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