Metascore
67

Generally favorable reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 19
  2. Negative: 2 out of 19
  1. 100
    What can I tell you? It works. Private Parts is a comic firecracker with a surprising human touch.
  2. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    80
    Private Parts is so riotous that you almost don't remember how unfunny Stern can be on his radio show.
  3. Reviewed by: Caroline Westbrook
    80
    Director Thomas applies the deft comic touch which made The Brady Bunch Movie (similarly ignored outside the US) such a hoot, to make for a deliriously funny, frequently outrageous romp.
  4. Reviewed by: Jack Mathews
    80
    Private Parts is a supremely crafty, smartly written, and--given the number of "himselfs" and "herselfs" on the cast list--surprisingly well-acted piece of pop kitsch.
  5. Reviewed by: Chris Gore
    80
    While PP does contain the lesbian-toilet-poo-poo-homo-butt kind of humor you would expect, (Ba Ba Booey) underneath that, there is a real movie there with fully developed characters and engaging conflict. It's an absolute must-see.
  6. Thanks to sharp editing and surprisingly strong comic timing, the film puts less emphasis on the Stern raunchiness than on how his wilder routines make listeners drive off the road.
  7. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    80
    A funny and unexpectedly beguiling account of the outrageous humorist's unlikely rise to the pinnacle of radio celebrity.
  8. 75
    Howard Stern has been accused of a lot of things, but he has never been accused of being dumb. With Private Parts, his surprisingly sweet new movie, he makes a canny career move: Here is radio's bad boy walking the finest of lines between enough and too much.
  9. Shaped and softened by producer Ivan Reitman, screenwriters Len Blum and Michael Kalesniko, and director Betty Thomas, however, the movie-star Stern is a defanged tiger, funny but tranquilized.
  10. 75
    The question hanging over Private Parts' financial success is whether enough non-Stern fans will venture to see what they may view as a "cult" or "niche" film. Most who take a chance, regardless of what prejudices they harbor against WXRK's top personality, will find themselves rewarded by a surprisingly pleasant two hours.
  11. Private Parts is witty and fast-paced and makes Stern's raunchy, breast-obsessed, lesbian-fetishizing, big-penis-envying, arrested-adolescent outlook seem like harmless fun.
  12. Private Parts is a sparkling, nonstop entertainment written by Len Blum and Michael Kalesniko and directed by Betty Thomas, but sometimes it gives the impression that Stern is nothing short of Nobel Peace Prize material.
  13. Unfortunately, the movie is likely to earn more money than praise. If it showcases him in all his glory, it also shows what little glory there is to celebrate.
  14. 67
    Thomas’ comic flair is undeniable, as is Stern’s comic acting ability; all other arguments aside, Private Parts is a consistently uproarious affair, riddled with brilliant comic set-pieces, including Stern’s many, many run-ins with various program directors and NBC brass.
  15. 60
    Capably directed by Betty Thomas, this freewheeling pseudodocumentary tribute to Stern's juvenile antics paints the anarchic radio idol as Everyschmo made good.
  16. 50
    The real surprise of Private Parts is that it isn't very funny. It's a flat piece of work with long, slack stretches.
  17. 50
    Private Parts, lifted from Stern's best-selling autobiography, is a choppy amalgam of "Revenge of the Nerds," "Father Knows Best" and "Network."
  18. Reviewed by: Jim DeRogatis
    30
    In Private Parts Stern is clearly presenting a sanitized version of his story--he had control over every aspect of the film and vetoed more than half a dozen scripts before choosing the one that pleased him--in an attempt to reach a whole new level of stardom.
  19. Some scenes paint a convincing portrait of Stern as a witty opponent of stuffiness, prudery, and hypocrisy. Others mix gross-out humor with nasty doses of racism, sexism, and homophobia that reveal a dark side to Stern's professional personality.
User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 19 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Feb 24, 2013
    9
    Howard Stern is the most misunderstood person in America. People don't like him, because of his sense of humor, but what they don't realize isHoward Stern is the most misunderstood person in America. People don't like him, because of his sense of humor, but what they don't realize is how much more lies beneath the surface. Private Parts is the story of Howard Stern, from his upbringing to his marriage, and of course his radio career. It's one of the most honest films you will ever see, being that was written by and starring the man who the film is about. Besides being very very funny, the film gives you a look inside the life and background of one of America's most controversial figures. Even if you are a Stern hater, watch the movie, and then see if you feel the same way. The more you know about someone, the harder it is to hate them, and I think that's part of why Stern decided to do this film. Full Review »
  2. Sep 9, 2013
    10
    This is a great movie. Recaps Stern's radio career and life until his NBC days. If you're a Stern fan or know anything about Howard Stern,This is a great movie. Recaps Stern's radio career and life until his NBC days. If you're a Stern fan or know anything about Howard Stern, watch this movie.

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