Meet the Parents

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Universal acclaim- based on 406 Ratings

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  • Summary: When a young woman (Teri Polo) takes her fiancee (Ben Stiller) home to meet her parents (Robert De Niro, Blythe Danner), everything goes wrong.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
  1. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    90
    A flat-out hilarious mainstream comedy.
  2. Reviewed by: Cody Clark
    83
    It's funny. Really funny.
  3. Roach knows to play to the movie's twin strengths: Stiller and De Niro. Throw these guys together, turn up the intensity.
  4. It's a kind of "sex, lies and videotape'' in suburbia.
  5. 70
    This is a high-concept comedy, and none of the jokes are forced, which makes Meet the Parents a singular achievement.
  6. Reviewed by: Sean Means
    70
    Delivers its humor with clockwork reliability.
  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: 31 out of 45
  2. Negative: 10 out of 45
  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. ItThis 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. 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 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
  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 theAn 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. ShelleyN.
    Jul 20, 2006
    8
    It was a good comedy and family movie.
  5. Apr 19, 2016
    7
    "Meet the Parents" is a appropriately lengthened family movie with decent acting. It's a very obvious comedy-family formula Hollywood loves to"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 aMeet 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. 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 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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