“Little Fockers What A Stupid Name The Kids Are Not Even In The Movie That Much”
“Worst Movie In Theatres”
“Third Time's The Focking Mess!”
“Little Fockers Never Lives Up To Be As Funny , Clever Or Original As The First Two. It Tries To Hard To Make You Laugh And Never Does. All The Hysterical Parts We Have All Seen Before. There Were Some Mild Moments Of Humor But Nothing Special”
“"LITTLE FOCKERS" = BIG LAUGHS”
“The Series Closes(?) With A Whimper.”
“"Stolen Federal Copyrighted Materials"”
It may be time to try another household for laughs.
Lisa Schwarzbaum - Entertainment Weekly
How do you top Ms. Streisand and Mr. Hoffman playing at being the happy, sexy hippie couple for easy jokes? You don't. Apparently, you don't even try, as is evident from the new movie's lack of wit and surplus of lazy scenes.
Manohla Dargis - New York Times
This deeply dislikable movie gives vulgarity a bad name.
Philip French - Guardian [UK]
The direction and writing are phoned in, and probably the art direction and location catering too. The whole film is on some sort of conference call.
Peter Bradshaw - Guardian [UK]
It takes too long for the story to take off and even longer for the comedy to kick in.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
We must have been pretty naughty this year for Santa to stuff a lump of coal like Little Fockers into our cinematic stockings.
Sean O'Connell - Washington Post
Is there a statute of limitations for how many good actors can be wasted in a bad movie?
Ty Burr - Boston Globe
Game performances and a couple of half-laughs, sure, but this is the screen comedy equivalent of the televised Yule log.
Nick Pinkerton - Village Voice
All together now: "FockersFockers-Fockers." Are you rolling on the floor in hilarity?
Elizabeth Weitzman - New York Daily News
If you've seen one, you've seen 'em all.
Amy Biancolli - Houston Chronicle
Little Fockers packs in all the cynicism and laziness of a tired franchise's third chapter. It's the drive-through version of comfort food, comedy by repetition and indigestion.
Chris Vognar - Dallas Morning News
I did not find Little Fockers to be particularly excruciating. Indeed, I laughed pretty hard several times
Glenn Kenny - MSN Movies
De Niro suffers most of the head-banging indignities in "Little Fockers." The more he throws himself into the reaction shots and the mugging, the more you wonder if he's really having a good time with this desperate material.
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
The Focker franchise has become such a swell payday that now everyone wants in on the act; apparently even the original stars are allowed only a plus-one.
J. R. Jones - Chicago Reader
The million-dollar cast doesn't make the vulgar penny-ante jokes any funnier.
Carrie Rickey - Philadelphia Inquirer
I thought it would take years for Owen Wilson to appear in a movie worse than "How Do You Know," but he has outdone himself.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
The jokes are a bit randy, the situations and characters familiar, the touching moments false but fitting. It's all as formulaic as weak egg nog, but it goes down just as easy. Let's hope all involved spend their paychecks wisely.
Tom Long - Detroit News
A lazy attempt to milk a few more laughs and bucks from the enormously lucrative property.
Justin Chang - Variety
Sprints past "unfunny," is still going strong when it reaches "disaster" and easily reaches "cautionary tale."
Kyle Smith - New York Post
It's a desultory, patchwork affair - competently made, comfortably played, but lacking the heart and wit that characterized, in varying degrees, "Meet the Parents" and "Meet the Fockers."
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
There is being a good sport and there is career suicide, and De Niro is skating perilously close to the edge.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
Carving knife + severed artery = tons of bloody fun.
Rick Groen - Globe and Mail
They kill me, these guys. No, seriously. If they make any more of these movies, they might as well kill me.
Andrew O'Hehir - Salon.com
Rarely does a comedy bring such an overpowering sense of sadness.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Unsavory hodgepodge from a franchise that has overstayed its welcome.
Todd McCarthy - Hollywood Reporter
Grit your teeth through the fairly short though agonizing duration of its stay.
David Germain - Associated Press
I'm afraid the DeNiro of The Godfather, Part II and Goodfellas has mostly faded from my mind, replaced by the DeNiro of the Fockers -- a grim-faced comedian who tends to make me sad.
Mary F. Pols - TIME Magazine
The second sequel to 2000's Meet the Parents defines uncalled for. Little Fockers is upchuckingly unfunny.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
The sheer pleasure of the first film in 2000, already dimming by the time we got to "Meet the Fockers" four years later, has officially gone kaput.
Betsy Sharkey - Los Angeles Times
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
"Little Fockers" is merely a forgettable romp with these worn out characters.
Jeff Beck - Examiner.com
Not up to the high standards set by the first two films, but without a doubt a funny and diverting holiday comedy.
James Luxford - The National
When you're easily outshined by any given episode of Rules of Engagement or Two and a Half Men that means there's a problem.
Dave White - Movies.com
Utterly formulaic but not unfunny, despite an overreliance on the comedy of below-the-belt pain (prostates and erections are particularly abused).
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
full review at Movies for the Masses
Joseph Proimakis - Movies for the Masses
That talents like De Niro and Stiller would sign off on such a turgid and bone idle attempt to part families with their Christmas cash is stultifying.
Shaun Munro - What Culture
Shaun Munro - Obsessed With Film
Low-brow humor and forced sight gags rule the day.
Roger Tennis - Cinemaclips.com
There's nothing like starting out an alleged comedy romp with a disgusting joke about a man's posterior, vomit and sex talk.
Linda Cook - KWQC-TV (Iowa)
...as dire a comedy as you're likely to see all decade.
James Croot - Flicks.co.nz
A mapped minefield of bad jokes.
Christopher Smith - Bangor Daily News (Maine)
With the gags cranked up on the humiliation-o-meter, and otherwise stripped of wit, the film offers little in the way of humor to anyone other than sadists.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
Features the same comedy of embarrassment and vulgarity as its predecessors, but also takes a strange sideways step into machismo that leaves it feeling rather joyless
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
Perhaps the most dubious comedy franchise in movie history, "Little Fockers" takes another hobbling step toward cinema infamy.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
Oh Mr. De Niro...it hurts to see you like this.
Bob Grimm - Tucson Weekly
Third time out for the Meet the Parents franchise, and it's all but impossible to suppress a groan.
Anthony Quinn - Independent
There are less laughs in this tired threquel, which continues to revel in its not-quite-a-swear surname and the ups and downs of family life, this time with an added emphasis on kids and mortality.
Matt Neal - The Standard
Schindler's List was funnier than this.
Anders Wotzke - Cut Print Review
Anders Wotzke - Moviedex
Per Fockers' actress Blythe Danner: 'All the films have been a joy. I hope they keep coming, even if we graduate to walkers and wheelchairs ...' Oh God. We're all severely focked.
Kimberly Gadette - Indie Movies Online
Perhaps they figured as it was six years since the last one, we all might have forgotten the same old jokes from before.
Leigh Paatsch - Herald Sun (Australia)
Ultra-short web clips could probably house the best parts of this sequel, which throughout its 97 minute running time has zilch in the way of comedic cohesion or character moments that ring true.
Simon Reynolds - Digital Spy
The third installment in the series has the stale, slightly sour ambiance you'd expect when walking into a summer house that's been shut up for the winter.
Donald Munro - Fresno Bee
Too disjointed, too patched together, too many added stars - this series is quickly running out of steam
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
This third instalment in the still-not- funny Meet the Parents franchise doesn't even make a pretence of coming up with a decent justification for a new film.
Alistair Harkness - Scotsman
Lewd, vulgar and tiresome...to quote from Twitter: 'I bet the Robert DeNiro of 'Taxi Driver' would shoot the Robert DeNiro of 'Little Fockers.'
Susan Granger - SSG Syndicate
Bereft of any ideas at this point, these are some pretty unfunny Fockers.
Siobhan Synnot - Scotsman
Consistently chuckle-worthy, Little Fockers...somehow sidesteps the law of diminishing returns that usually applies to comedy threequels.
Jim Schembri - The Age (Australia)
A lackluster effort and a preposterous plot which add up to a flagging franchise that just 'jumped the shark.'
Kam Williams - TheLoop21.com
What terrible thing have moviegoers done to deserve yet a third outing in this series of alleged comedies?
Daniel M. Kimmel - New England Movies Weekly
Those Fockers. Did you see what I did right there? Made you think of a dirty word didn't I? That's the only 'joke' this third installment offers and they use it over and over again.
Jeff Bayer - The Scorecard Review
I'm guessing there will be a fourth and a fifth "Meet the Parents" sequel: "Stepfockers," and "Tween Fockers" or maybe even "As Long as She's Your Second Cousin, You Can Still Focker." Who knows, or cares.
Mike Ward - Richmond.com
A film which, in addition to unnecessarily prolonging the Focker franchise, accomplishes the seemingly impossible feat of making Jessica Alba seem rather unsexy.
Will Harris - Bullz-Eye.com
Hoffman actually does phone in his performance in what is a money grab for everyone, new director Paul Weitz included.
Brett Michel - Boston Phoenix
- National Post
Any sense of joy, which coursed through Meet The Parents and Meet The Fockers, has completely evaporated.
Catherine Jones - Liverpool Echo
Its leads' enthusiasm notwithstanding, Little Fockers is a barely tolerable sitcom concoction.
Adam Nayman - eye WEEKLY
It's a patchy, unambitious comedy with five or six laughs, and will be passably amusing when it comes on television.
Christopher Tookey - Daily Mail [UK]
A predictable but not unwelcome addition to the Focker family.
Alex Zane - Sun Online
Enough is enough. This franchise has run its course and made its millions, but now it's time for it to fock off.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
Little Fockers is a film light on plot, bereft of laughs and featuring a cast who look as if they want to kill themselves.
David Edwards - Daily Mirror [UK]
Always a sucker for pratfalls, I laughed at quite a few of the gags.
David Sexton - This is London
I enjoyed it hugely. It's nicely paced by a new director, Paul Weitz, but I reckon the key is in the writing.
Julie Rigg - MovieTime, ABC Radio National
...and then Ben Stiller sticks a needle into Academy Award winner Robert De Niro's drug-induced boner. No cineaste should have to watch the mighty fall so low.
Jen Yamato - Movies.com
The personalities are exuberant, the situations humorous, the slapstick worth a chuckle or two.
Dezhda Gaubert - E! Online
doesn't play out as much like a movie as it does a pathetic excuse for approval, like the fat kid letting the bullies call him 'Chubs'
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
Nowhere near as good as 2000's Meet the Parents, but neither is it as dismal as the repetitive 2004 sequel Meet the Fockers.
Craig Mathieson - sbs.com.au
Little Fockers arrives long after you thought every last bit of sort-of comic juice had been wrung out of this franchise. Everything and everyone - the actors as much as the script - is a bit hoarier.
Sukhdev Sandhu - Daily Telegraph
Is it rude to retitle this "Beating a Dead Focker"?
James Verniere - Boston Herald
Easily one of the worst films of the year. What a waste of time and talent!
Kevin McCarthy - BDK Reviews
Dave Calhoun - Time Out
With some dreadfully unfunny scenes sprinkled with occasional comic highlights mainly involving Owen Wilson, this is barely passable stuff.
Catherine Bray - Film4
Everybody's clearly in it for the money in a follow-up that, sporadic chuckles aside, proves the law of diminishing returns.
Neil Smith - Total Film
It's far from intellectually taxing, but Little Fockers is much funnier than it deserves to be.
Karen Krizanovich - Radio Times
Just when you think things can't stoop any lower, Owen Wilson performs acrobatics in blue lycra.
Jason Goodyer - Little White Lies
As Greg Focker might say, it's high time for this franchise to "Step off, bitch".
Jim Mitchell - Trespass
The filmmakers went to the effort of hiring Keitel to play the construction foreman on their new house and then squander his presence by giving him only a couple lines of dialogue in a total of two scenes. (He should have been paid by the syllable.)
Marjorie Baumgarten - Austin Chronicle
Lazily written, poorly directed threequel that coasts along on its strong comic cast and familiar characters without putting any effort into the script or the set-pieces.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
During the holiday season it can be bad enough dealing with your actual relatives. Why anyone would volunteer to spend time with this bunch of Fockers is a puzzle that no supercomputer is likely ever to solve.
Shawn Levy - Oregonian
Tedious, asinine, jejune and so painfully unfunny that it will make your eyes and ears bleed.
Avi Offer - NYC Movie Guru
It's the holidays, and the third instalment of the Meet the Parents saga has arrived - not unlike the Ghost of Christmas Future - to provide us with a terrifying glimpse at a journey taken down the wrong path.
Simon Miraudo - Quickflix
Simply put, it feels like everyone in front of and behind the camera is phoning in their work while awaiting a handsome paycheck for their 'efforts.' (Parental Review also Available)
Jim Judy - Screen It!
Watching A-list actors behave like morons is not a bad way to offset the dreadful false cheer of the season.
Liz Braun - Jam! Movies
It's probably the best of this year's holiday comedies, but that's not saying much, unfortunately.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
The only surprise will be in seeing how much worse the concept can become before audiences take up torches and pitchforks in order to keep it from invading theaters once again
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
So many smart, engaging people and the best they could come up with are blood-spurting thumbs, construction accidents and an erectile emergency?
Robert Levin - Film School Rejects
A pretext to continue one of the lamest franchises in contemporary Hollywood history.
Armond White - New York Press
[K]eeps running right up to moments that seem hellbent on, say, indulging homophobia... and then stopping short, neglecting to offer a punchline, and trying to distract us by moving in an entirely random different direction...
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
The biggest joke is on anyone who pays to see this monstrosity.
Josh Bell - Las Vegas Weekly
The frequently amusing, elaborately contrived second sequel to Meet the Parents.
Leo Robson - Financial Times
One ho-hum scene follows another as the audience waits for something - anything - to happen.
Sue Pierman - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
By now you would think the concept had run its course. You'd be right, too.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
This is even worse than a repetitive rehash. These Fockers are just lazy, limp -- and lame
Mike Scott - Times-Picayune
Chapter 3 in the misadventures of Gaylord Focker is a slog through the same ol' gags and a reminder of how low Robert De Niro's standards have fallen.
Matthew Pejkovic - Matt's Movie Reviews
There's so much recycling of jokes and plots, I thought Al Gore was one of the screenwriters.
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
Think of it as a mildly entertaining way to get out of the house this Christmas, rather than a cracker of a movie.
Roz Laws - Birmingham Post
There's really no focking place for the franchise to go anymore...
Joshua Rothkopf - Time Out New York
Battling in-laws face off in formulaic comedy.
S. Jhoanna Robledo - Common Sense Media
If no one kills themselves while watching 'Little Fockers' this weekend, it will be a Christmas miracle.
Peter Hall - Hollywood.com
..like an unloved, re-gifted fruitcake, it keeps on returning to multiplexes.
Corey Hall - Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
If Lesbian Vampire Killers and Santa Claus Conquers the Martians taught us anything, it's that you should never base an entire film's plot and existence around a title.
Matt Risley - Sky Movies
Little Fockers has well and truly milked what little life was left in the series and while what is left produces the occasional giggle it is otherwise more of an endurance test than the light-hearted comedy that it wants to be.
Thomas Caldwell - Cinema Autopsy
Chris Bumbray - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
The law of diminishing returns is a law for a reason...as lazy a comedy as Adam Sandler's Grown Ups.
Marshall Fine - Hollywood & Fine
It's tough to see your favorite actors grow old. It's even tougher to see them grow old and demean themselves in increasingly crappy movies. That's the greatest feeling (aside from displeasure) one will walk away with from Little Fockers.
Jim Vejvoda - IGN Movies
...a shameless cash-grab that's been designed to capitalize on the success of its two predecessors.
David Nusair - About.com
To say the franchise is coasting along on fumes suggests it once ran on a full tank.
Sara Maria Vizcarrondo - Boxoffice Magazine
Despite its title, Little Fockers barely features children. Other things it's lacking include laughs, coherence, and a reason to exist
Nick Schager - Slant Magazine
If you do see the flick, stay for the closing credits, when Stiller offers a loose stand-up routine. Now that could have been a movie!
Thelma Adams - Us Weekly
The series closes(?) with a whimper.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
ramshackle and lazy
Jesse Hassenger - Filmcritic.com
Between them, Robert De Niro, Owen Wilson, Laura Dern, Dustin Hoffman and Barbra Streisand have 20 Academy Award nominations (six of them wins) in various categories. And yet none of them could think of anything better to do than appear in Little Fockers?
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
The law of diminishing returns catches up with yet another creaky franchise.
Jason Heck - Kansas City Star
I once saw a high school production of 'Grease' where they had some technical difficulties and had to stall for time, so the director sent the main actors onstage, in character, to improvise a scene. 'Little Fockers' feels like 100 minutes of that.
Eric D. Snider - Cinematical
When the conclusion leaves the door open for still another sequel, it feels like an invitation to a living wake.
Scott Tobias - AV Club
Worse than awful.
Tony Medley - Tolucan Times
Another round of insipid gags performed by a revolving door troupe more interested in the zeros on their paycheck than the quality of their cinematic output...utterly lazy and unfunny.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
I'm not saying the legacy of Meet the Parents deserved the protection of cinematic landmark status. But it does seem like a shame that what was there to protect has been ground into an unrecognizable pulp and reshaped into a grotesque of its former self.
Michelle Orange - Movieline
If it's not a cruel hoax, then it is the product of almost total incompetence.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
With all these folks in the same movie, there are inevitably moments when Hoffman or Wilson get a laugh, but on the whole it's the same again but weaker and with fewer good jokes.
Kim Newman - Empire Magazine
It's about squeezing the last few dollars from a gullible public like milk from a cat.
Joe Williams - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Even by the franchise's own declining standards, Fockers is a wince-a-thon of crude gag sausage-making.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
A maddening, joyless experience, easily one of the most inept films of the year. It's cynical. It's mean-spirited. It's ugly.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
Third go-round for the Focker family recycles gags from the earlier two films while playing up sensitivity over raunchiness.
Daniel Eagan - Film Journal International
Only a sucker wouldn't try to squeeze more dough out of a franchise that is beloved the world over. But couldn't they have tried? At least just a little?
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
This series needs to focking stop.
Matt Pais - Metromix.com
...resorts to projectile vomit, spurting blood in a dinner sequence which rivals Dan Ackroyd's SNL Julia Child bit in its extremity and a fart joke all within its first thirty minutes.
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Everyone has turned into a gross caricature of a human being, either unbearably mean or lascivious or hammy to the point that you actively root for their demise.
Katey Rich - CinemaBlend.com
Rarely were so many good actors assembled for so little purpose.
Paul Byrnes - Sydney Morning Herald
While not as obnoxious as its predecessor...an uninspired riff on an old formula, and structurally a shambles.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
It's just more of the same Meet The Parents shenanigans with an afterthought of a Christmas scene plonked on the end.
Alice Tynan - Concrete Playground
A clear example of a trilogy running out of steam and repeating itself in part three. At least it's not an example of the superior second part. That would make Meet the Fockers this trilogy's Empire Strikes Back.
Fred Topel - Screen Junkies
I would imagine no one involved feels genuinely good about the outcome. It is a startlingly gross and dirty film considering it is ostensibly about the kids this time around, and a PG-13.
Drew McWeeny - HitFix
Brutally unfunny, Little Fockers is one more go-round of cheap physical comedy and wan dysfunctional-family gags.
Tim Grierson - Screen International
A few morsels of hilarity and many that are cringe worthy
Louise Keller - Urban Cinefile