Generally favorable reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic 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: Todd McCarthy
    A flat-out hilarious mainstream comedy.
  3. De Niro and Stiller combine to bring on laughs you don't have to feel guilty about.
  4. Reviewed by: Cody Clark
    It's funny. Really funny.
  5. It's a bouncy, loose limbed, ''families do the darnedest things'' sitcom that elicits ungrudging laughs.
  6. 80
    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.
  7. 80
    A hilarious hodgepodge, in which De Niro gives his best comic performance to date.
  8. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    Has a soft windup, but along the way are some of the best-constructed slapstick sequences since "There's Something About Mary."
  9. Roach knows to play to the movie's twin strengths: Stiller and De Niro. Throw these guys together, turn up the intensity.
  10. 75
    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.
  11. These two actors have a kind of genius for dark comedy: Stiller for suffering through crises and De Niro for creating them.
  12. 75
    Calling a comedy old-fashioned nowadays might seem like a backhanded compliment, but that's precisely what this genial, funny movie is.
  13. What makes it work so well is superb chemistry and a light touch. The spray-painted cat scene doesn't hurt, either.
  14. Part sitcom, part comedy of manners - but it lacks the courage to deal honestly with class and ethnicity.
  15. Blithely funny and on-the-money movie.
  16. It's a kind of "sex, lies and videotape'' in suburbia.
  17. 75
    With near-Swiss precision, director/producer Jay Roach and his writers make sure familiarity breeds hilarity.
  18. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    Distress of Parents is a real pleasure.
  19. Stiller is enjoyably long-suffering, and De Niro convinces us that Attila the Hun would make a preferable father-in-law.
  20. 70
    While Stiller and De Niro can play hilariously off one another, the film -- despite its happy ending -- feels unresolved.
  21. It has just enough "comedy" to qualify as crowd-pleaser.
  22. Reviewed by: Robert Horton
    While this movie is no great advance in cinema comedy, it is rewardingly silly.
  23. Reviewed by: Sean Means
    Delivers its humor with clockwork reliability.
  24. 70
    This is a high-concept comedy, and none of the jokes are forced, which makes Meet the Parents a singular achievement.
  25. Reviewed by: 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.
  26. 70
    Scenes that should have been uproarious are weaker than many of the movie's smaller moments.
  27. Ultimately passable movie entertainment, but like most future in-laws leaves a feeling of something still desired.
  28. 67
    A funny and sometimes substantial movie that in real life would never have a happy ending.
  29. What begins as unassumingly dull wanders into disarming chaos.
  30. 60
    The gross-out factor is surprisingly low, and the combination of Stiller and De Niro is inspired.
  31. 50
    Watching Ben get the girl or be seriously injured trying always has its dry, keening pleasures.
  32. 40
    Never before have two such skilled actors been so monstrously squandered in a movie so replete with failed gags and pathetic gaffs.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 124 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 42
  2. Negative: 10 out of 42
  1. Oct 4, 2011
    "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. Full Review »
  2. Nov 18, 2011
    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. Full Review »
  3. Jul 21, 2014
    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. Full Review »