Casa de Mi Padre Reviews

  • Ferrell is a good straight actor for the same reason that he's an inspired comedian: He commits himself to every moment. Even in a movie whose highest ambition is to be true to its quaintly delectable tackiness.

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

  • "Casa de Mi Padre" demands that you not take it seriously, and for the most part that's easy to do.

    Manohla Dargis — New York Times

  • This very funny spoof of telenovelas and classic Mexican westerns is decidedly offbeat and absurdly daffy.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • It's perfect for a short clip on Padded out to feature length, with a bunch of other slight and unmemorable laughs, it wears thin.

    Michael O'Sullivan — Washington Post

  • It's a solid short film stretched to Silly Putty thinness.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • Casa de Mi Padre riffs freely on impoverished production values -- phony painted backdrops and the reflection of the camera crew in a DEA agent's sunglasses -- but the humor doesn't only target south of the border.

    Nick Pinkerton — Village Voice

  • An unfunny Spanish movie that worked best as a two-minute trailer.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • This is one of those pictures, alas, that is critic-proof merely by dint of the fact that applying any amount of thought to it, superficial, or serious, or what have you, is an entirely humiliating,

    Glenn Kenny — MSN Movies

  • The movie is only 84 minutes long, including credit cookies, but that is quite long enough.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • Director Matt Piedmont and writer Andrew Steele, veterans of Ferrell and McKay's Funny or Die web site, lack the cinematic chops to mount a big-screen tribute to the genre, but there are some amusing bits.

    J. R. Jones — Chicago Reader

  • Ferrell, as he's done in Anchorman, Talladega Nights and Step Brothers, walks undaunted through the amiable absurdity, delivering his not-exactly-mellifluous espanol in earnest flurries, as the dialogue, and the bullets, fly.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • When you expect it to go in one direction, it goes off in another. Most of the time, that clever element of surprise pays off.

    Randy Cordova — Arizona Republic

  • A likable enough lark that rarely achieves outright hilarity.

    Justin Chang — Variety

  • As a full-length feature, "Casa" is simply a funny concept that starts to go stale around the 10-minute mark.

    Sara Stewart — New York Post

  • It's audacious, given the huge resistance of Americans to subtitled films. It's also a good idea. If only it were funnier.

    Peter Howell — Toronto Star

  • I tend to be amused by Ferrell in most circumstances, and the things I like about him - his bizarre sensibilities hidden beneath a mainstream exterior, his unwavering sincerity regardless of his characters' absurdity - are on display here.

    Eric D. Snider —

  • Really, Casa de mi Padre is a skit blown up to a feature flick, amusing for a while until its welcome wears out.

    Rick Groen — Globe and Mail

  • Is "Casa de Mi Padre" brilliant or pointless? Indubitably it's both, as Ron Burgundy might put it.

    Andrew O'Hehir —

  • I regard Casa de Mi Padre as an interesting but failed experiment.

    Dana Stevens — Slate

  • A movie of this sort could easily wear out its welcome early. Yet Ferrell and company transform the one joke concept into a surprisingly subtle train of gentle jabs at an entire defunct school of filmmaking.

    James Berardinelli — ReelViews

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