70

The Hollywood Reporter

By Sheri Linden
Avoids easy shtick and saccharine conclusions, opting instead for character dynamics that the two leads deliver with consummate skill.
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63

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
So powerful and tender are the scenes between Falk and Dukakis that by movie's end, I was wishing that the film had been more about the marriage of Sam and Muriel and less about the father and son.
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63

TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
If only Reiser or director Raymond De Felitta had been able to resist the fart jokes and the sloppy male-bonding scenes, this could have been a terrific little movie. As it is, it's shamelessly manipulative shtick brightened by sharply drawn supporting performances.
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63

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
Director Raymond de Felitta, who directed a little-seen gem called "Two Family House" a few years ago, gives Falk plenty of room to do his thing. There's an underlying emotional truth even in scenes that seem terribly contrived.
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63

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The movie is sort of a sideways version of "Sideways," even down to a scene where the two men join two women for dinner. The difference is, in "Sideways" the guys desperately want to impress the women, and in The Thing About My Folks, they want to impress each other.
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58

Entertainment Weekly

By Scott Brown
Thing is Woody Allen on a third-grade reading level. Neurosis abounds, but awareness doesn't, and certain ''jokes'' demand additional therapy.
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50

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
It's the same old, same old - except with some really snappy one-liners.
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38

Miami Herald

By Connie Ogle
Amateurishness -- the camera angles sometimes chop off the top of Reiser's head -- aside, The Thing About My Folks is also weirdly dated, especially with regard to technology.
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38

Chicago Tribune

Felitta and Reiser mean nothing but well with this project, but too many lines sound fraudulent, and Reiser, it must be said, is a hopeless ham in the reaction shot department.
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25

Boston Globe

It's a family comedy-drama that wants to pluck the heartstrings but keeps getting tangled in its own tinny sentiment.
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48 out of 100
Mixed or average reviews
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