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With all due respect to giggles, though, you would do better to rent Raging Bull.
Dallas Morning News:
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.
New York Times:
None of the jokes are forced, which makes Meet the Parents a singular achievement.
Los Angeles Times:
Possibly the most amusing mainstream live-action comedy since There's Something About Mary.
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.
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.
Globe and Mail:
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.
Even with Stiller and De Niro, Meet the Parents is an encounter that can be postponed until it's available on video.
[Roach] does know how to stage discrete comic moments, taking mildly humorous nightmares and turning them into nicely wrought miniatures.
Alas, poor Focker. He can't help himself. And we can't help ourselves from falling about, equally helpless, at this superbly antic movie.
Astutely observed, subtly played and consistently hilarious...
Watching Ben get the girl or be seriously injured trying always has its dry, keening pleasures.