Scenes that should have been uproarious are weaker than many of the movie's smaller moments, whose everyday humor isn't specific to the plot or characters.
-Lisa AlspectorFull Review
Alas, poor Focker. He can't help himself. And we can't help ourselves from falling about, equally helpless, at this superbly antic movie.
-Richard SchickelFull Review
When the script puts its faith in the audience, allowing us to find the laughs on our own, the film is irresistible, a bright lark. Yet when the writers panic, upping the antic volume and shifting into crazed sitcom gear, the lark stops.
-Rick GroenFull Review
A hilarious hodgepodge of The In-Laws and Annie Hall, in which De Niro gives his best comic performance to date.
[Roach] does know how to stage discrete comic moments, taking mildly humorous nightmares and turning them into nicely wrought miniatures.
-Stephanie ZacharekFull Review
I had a good time at Meet the Parents, even though the ratio of clinkers to yucks is disproportionately high.
-Peter RainerFull Review
Robert De Niro and Ben Stiller give the comedy of disaster a nice little workout.
-Bob GrahamFull Review
A refreshing change from the current trend of gross and grosser humor.
Within its formulaic confines, the humor works uncommonly well from time to time.
-Eric HarrisonFull Review
Watching Ben get the girl or be seriously injured trying always has its dry, keening pleasures.
-Jessica WinterFull Review
It's funny. Really funny.
Meet the Parents doesn't sparkle like Vincente Minnelli's Father of the Bride. But with bubbly adult comedies at such a premium, it goes down like a flute of Champagne, leaving an aftertaste of giggles.
-Lisa SchwarzbaumFull Review
The jokes work, because they are so relentless and absurd.
If ever there was a movie that felt like it was built backward, it's Meet the Parents.
With near-Swiss precision, director/producer Jay Roach ... and his writers make sure familiarity breeds hilarity.
Possibly the most amusing mainstream live-action comedy since There's Something About Mary.
-Kenneth TuranFull Review
Meet the Parents is a one- -- well, maybe two- -- joke idea that starts out goofy and fun, but soon runs out of verbal or visual ammunition.
A crisply paced romp featuring pitch-perfect performances by adversarial leads Robert De Niro and Ben Stiller.
With Meet the Parents, mainstream Hollywood reclaims one of its former strengths. It proves that it still knows how to provide audiences with a good time.
-Philip WuntchFull Review
Meet the Parents builds brilliantly on interlocking comic situations.
-Roger EbertFull Review
See it with someone you love -- and maybe with his or her parents.
Whenever the movie is about to go wrong, something happens to set it right -- usually instigated by the coldly mean De Niro or the hot, nervous Stiller.
In many ways reminiscent of There's Something About Mary.
Even with Stiller and De Niro, Meet the Parents is an encounter that can be postponed until it's available on video.
-James BerardinelliFull Review
De Niro delivers.
-Joe BaltakeFull Review
You couldn't do much better than to pit De Niro at his most humorlessly imposing against Ben Stiller at his most anxiously eager to please.