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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
    It's funny. Really funny.
  3. 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."
  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: 42 out of 53
  2. Negative: 10 out of 53
  1. 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. Expand
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  4. Sam
    Apr 23, 2005
    A very funny movie. From cat piss on the ashes to robert de niro asking ben stiller if he could milk him cause he had nipples (don't ask) this movie has new ways to entertain. In my opinion, not the best film in the entire world unlike T, and not as unique as other in-law films, but then again it's both an in-law film and it isn't, but in its own unique way it is, so a great film and the parents should watch this one before meeting your daughters 32 (give or take a few) year old boyfriend. You;ll find out ways to make sure he isn't interested in her breasts nothing more, making this a bit of a documentary. Expand
  5. Mar 15, 2013
    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
  6. ShelleyN.
    Jul 20, 2006
    It was a good comedy and family movie.
  7. TheParent
    Feb 17, 2006
    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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