• Released
  • December 25, 2012
  • PG , 1 hr 44 min
  • Comedy
  • 3,740 Fan Ratings
75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Parental Guidance is an engaging comedy that bridges multiple generation gaps, making it that rare movie that grandparents, their kids, and their kids can enjoy.
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60

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Crystal and Midler are such confident pros that their crack timing elevates even substandard material.
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50

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Liam Lacey
Parental Guidance is one of those intergenerational embarrassment comedies in the "Meet the Fockers" line, where children can enjoy seeing grown-ups looking ridiculous.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Hartlaub
Perhaps anticipating an older audience, most of the lessons are one-sided, with the old-timers seemingly harming the children while actually saving them.
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50

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Parental Guidance is overly generous with regard to the silliness. However, it's not clueless. Crystal seems determined to give as generously as he gets. When a bully whacks him, Crystal covers the bully in vomit. Good for him.
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50

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
The pathos: considerable. The sight gags, involving Crystal puking chili dog on a kid's face, or the grandson with an imaginary friend peeing and causing an X Games skateboarder to wipe out: artless. The results: tolerably amusing.
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50

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
In the occasionally funny but mostly facile '80s-style culture-clash comedy Parental Guidance, Billy Crystal, who now resembles a very cute puffer fish, plays Artie Decker.
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

By Michael Rechtshaffen
Billy Crystal and Bette Midler hustle to peddle the threadbare material that makes Andy Fickman's comedy a perfectly tolerable, if uninspired, moviegoing experience.
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38

USA Today

By Scott Bowles
The movie spends too much time wedging the couple into a May-December moment, where Crystal cracks nostalgic about the good old days. It's sweet, but it grows old.
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25

New York Post

By Sara Stewart
Parental Guidance kicks off with a mean-spirited joke about an overweight woman and heads downhill from there.
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36 out of 100
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