Metascore
52

Mixed or average reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 26
  2. Negative: 4 out of 26
  1. Reviewed by: Mark Olsen
    May 9, 2013
    80
    An infectious, warm comedy of family and communication and a promising debut as writer-director for Chism. These Peeples are people one should be happy to meet.
  2. Reviewed by: Odie Henderson
    Jun 11, 2013
    75
    Chism's cast is game for her shenanigans, and the biggest pleasure of "Peeples" is watching them cut loose under her direction. This movie has one hell of a cast.
  3. Reviewed by: Andy Webster
    May 9, 2013
    70
    Revelations unfold predictably, but the subplots cohere and the assured pacing offers a stark contrast with the often disjointed tempos of Mr. Perry’s mosaics.
  4. Reviewed by: Kimberley Jones
    May 15, 2013
    67
    The all-around excellent cast swings with aplomb from silly to sweet.
  5. Reviewed by:  Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
    May 8, 2013
    67
    If Peeples had more bite, it might pass for an underhanded critique of its producer’s work.
  6. Reviewed by: Laremy Legel
    May 10, 2013
    65
    Peeples saves itself from a complete belly flop, by the barest of margins, by leaning heavily on its initial strength of good-natured charm.
  7. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    May 10, 2013
    63
    Grier plays the part of the pompous patrician with superb finesse and dry wit, easily the movie's highlight.
  8. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    May 9, 2013
    63
    A likable if not exactly groundbreaking comedy.
  9. Reviewed by: Peter Keough
    May 9, 2013
    63
    Despite the derivativeness, Chism shows talent and shrewd instincts in the timing and direction of the comedy — she handles the requisite dinner table disaster scene with aplomb.
  10. Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    May 9, 2013
    63
    The laughs follow an overly familiar path, but it’s great to see Grier, one of the bright lights of the seminal TV sketch comedy “In Living Color,” button down this judge and find ways to break formula and make him hilarious.
  11. Reviewed by: Bill Zwecker
    May 9, 2013
    63
    While Peeples follows a very predictable course as a romantic comedy and does not break any ground in that genre of filmmaking, this movie is more engaging than you might expect.
  12. Reviewed by: Zachary Wigon
    May 8, 2013
    60
    While she doesn't quite achieve the screwball zaniness she strives for, Chism deserves commendation for crafting a farcical work that feels like it concerns real characters.
  13. Reviewed by: Andrew Barker
    May 6, 2013
    60
    Peeples may appropriate its entire premise and plot structure from “Meet the Parents,” but its heart is suffused with French cinema.
  14. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    May 10, 2013
    58
    The slapstick is often clunky, but Robinson has a sweet jester’s disposition that keeps many of the gags from collapsing.
  15. Reviewed by: Gabe Toro
    May 9, 2013
    58
    The cast alone deserves to be recognized more than the notes of “Speak It, Don’t Leak It.” And yet, here I am, humming it.
  16. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    May 8, 2013
    58
    Director Tina Gordon Chism keeps the innocuous class-meets-crass jokes bubbling, and the actors are amiable, but Peeples often seems to want to turn these characters into benignly goofy role models. Maybe that's why the basic comic collision never explodes.
  17. Reviewed by: Bilge Ebiri
    May 11, 2013
    50
    Pleasant, if inane – helped along by a likable cast that’s clearly having fun.
  18. Reviewed by: Dave McGinn
    May 10, 2013
    50
    It’s a shame that two gifted comedians weren’t given better material to work with.
  19. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    May 9, 2013
    50
    Chism’s characters are pleasingly odd, and though she can’t string much of a narrative together — there is a stop-and-start quality to the picture that grows tiresome — a few of the set pieces are funny.
  20. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    May 9, 2013
    40
    Director Tina Gordon Chism, who also wrote the screenplay, seems to have relied pretty strongly on Perry for guidance. In particular, she rejects any notions of subtlety, either in the comedy or the weirdly heavy-handed messages about masculinity.
  21. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    May 9, 2013
    40
    The elements are all there. They’re just thrown together in haphazard fashion. A funny scene here, an attempt at a touching scene there, toss, repeat randomly, the end.
  22. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    May 7, 2013
    40
    Defined by "Three’s Company"–grade humor, this attempt at male-anxiety cringe-comedy is little more than a sitcom writ large that — courtesy of several awkward transitional fades to black — already feels constructed to accommodate commercial breaks.
  23. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    May 9, 2013
    38
    Comedies about privileged princesses and unsuitable suitors come in all colors, but Peeples is only palatable on a double bill with pink antacid.
  24. Reviewed by: Chris Cabin
    May 7, 2013
    38
    Tina Gordon Chism's film collapses into a series of clumsy improvisatory sketches, tied up in cheap, risibly sentimental catharsis.
  25. Reviewed by: Sheri Linden
    May 6, 2013
    30
    The film’s first half is a slog as Chism sets up the minefield for Wade, with every (fully visible) mine certain to explode.
  26. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    May 10, 2013
    20
    Unimaginative and painfully generic.
User Score
4.2

Mixed or average reviews- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 7
  2. Negative: 3 out of 7
  1. Mar 19, 2014
    5
    tyler perry presents Peeples a african american family movie and Written and Directed by Tina Gordon Chism . every single movie that is made always has black humor . We've all seen black humor in movies .
    like White Chicks , Scary Movie , little man and tyler perry's madea . all of these movies always are racist . and its like an average tyler perry movie .
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  2. Jul 6, 2013
    4
    This movie is just so so. Acting just so so and the story seems very predictable. You get a couple of smiles but this is not a laugh out loud comedy. certainly not worth seeing twice that's for sure and I am not so sure it is even worth seeing at all. Maybe wait until you can rent it for a buck from red box. Full Review »
  3. Jun 21, 2013
    0
    Badddddddd!! Notice how when you see a black movie all you see is black people and no white people. Who wants to watch a black only movie. The directors just cannot get it right.
    Just terrible black humor that most white people will not get nor thinks is funny but go get it tiger....
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