Why would you want to meet such a blowsy, bawdy, shticky crew in a low-comedy sequel to Meet the Parents? Two reasons only: Barbra Streisand and Dustin Hoffman.
Lisa Schwarzbaum - Entertainment Weekly
Because no good joke in Hollywood goes untold again ... and again, the mixed-couple setup receives another extended workout in this modestly amusing sequel.
Manohla Dargis - New York Times
A silly good time.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
Don't even rent the DVD, it'll only encourage them.
Desson Thomson - Washington Post
A negligible product content to stoop for the easy laughs and the easy money.
Stephen Hunter - Washington Post
A resolutely average sequel, several subbasements below the first film in both comic inspiration and energy.
Ty Burr - Boston Globe
De Niro's brilliantly economical expression of utter revulsion somehow never stops being funny.
Dennis Lim - Village Voice
Meet the Fockers, a sluggish sequel to the anarchic domestic comedy Meet the Parents, is one visit too many.
Jami Bernard - New York Daily News
Director Jay Roach gives the film no visual distinction whatsoever but packs on the jokes with tireless bustle.
Amy Biancolli - Houston Chronicle
This sequel to 2000's Meet the Parents knows that its audience expects a symphony of outrageousness. Anyone who resists is pummeled into submission by the sheer pace and volume of the comic antics.
Philip Wuntch - Dallas Morning News
It is Beavis and Butt-head rewriting The In-Laws, only the scripts for Beavis were much smarter.
Michael Booth - Denver Post
The movie is pleasant enough, but never quite reaches critical mass as a comedy.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
Though it's good to see [Stiller] back in his stumbling, bumbling element, it's a bummer to see his element wasted in such stumbling, bumbling gags.
Allison Benedikt - Chicago Tribune
A weary retread without a fraction of the inventiveness that sparked the original.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
Meet the Fockers is not a movie for the ages; it's a movie for a few good laughs.
Tom Long - Detroit News
Bill Muller - Arizona Republic
Very often vulgar and tasteless, and though there are some unexpected bursts of humor and even charm in the proceedings, it's light years away from Chekhov.
Andrew Sarris - New York Observer
A vulgar farce that isn't remotely amusing.
Rex Reed - New York Observer
The gap between the first and second installments isn't as gaping as with, for instance, Analyze This and Analyze That, but the laughs Fockers generates are the type you feel embarrassed about almost immediately afterward.
Todd McCarthy - Variety
A sloppy and not-funny- enough sequel to Meet the Parents.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
Meet the Fockers is as tacky as its title, as crass as a kid learning his first cuss word.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
The family is bigger, but the laughs aren't.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
There is some fun in watching the veterans mix it up -- De Niro, who looks like he wants to fade into the scenery, Streisand, who tries to eat it -- but nothing is well developed here.
Liam Lacey - Globe and Mail
Could have been much funnier than it is.
Stephanie Zacharek - Salon.com
From the start the jokes are on a different level than the last one: coarse, aggressive, and poorly timed by director Jay Roach.
David Edelstein - Slate
There are few things sadder than wasted potential, unless it's sitting through 115 minutes of mediocrity desperately searching for a few decent jokes.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
The ensemble's giddy chemistry and the addition of perfectly cast topliners Dustin Hoffman and Barbra Streisand should find Fockers entertaining huge crowds for the holidays and beyond.
Sheri Linden - Hollywood Reporter
One of those relatively rare comedies that's at once puerile, charming and very funny throughout.
Carina Chocano - Los Angeles Times
Scott A. Mantz - Scott Mantz' Movie Reviews
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
Sequel to the mediocre Ben Stiller comedy "Meet The Parents" is a bawdier but inferior movie that relies on the star power of Dustin Hoffman and Barbara Streisand as Stiller's Florida-dwelling Jewish hippie parents Bernie and Roz to fuel its ill-timed toi
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
A consistently entertaining, sometimes uproariously funny film.
Richard Luck - Film4
Repeats itself and strains for laughs where the original giddily stumbled through them.
Mark Halverson - Sacramento News & Review
Milk bottles and related metaphors feature prominentlyas breast fetish stand-ins, but with a decidely peculiar asymmetrical preference for just the left one.
Prairie Miller - Long Island Press
Has its smattering of laughs, but the new faces bring fewer dividends than the elemental De Niro/Ben Stiller showdown of the original.
Kevin Lally - Film Journal International
full review in Greek
Joseph Proimakis - Movies for the Masses
Meet the Fockers is frequently funny, but it turns a bit too cruel in the third act to be as worthy a sequel to its predecessor as it could have been
Peter T. Chattaway - Christianity Today
This sequel's title indicates the content: smutty, silly and liable to make you smirk despite yourself.
Amy Simmons - Time Out
Fans of the first will find some amusement in familiarity, but with such a comically able cast this is a missed opportunity.
Dean Essner - Empire Magazine
The expected misunderstandings ensue, as you'd expect, which would be pretty excruciating if not for the performances of Hoffman and Streisand.
Pete Vonder Haar - Film Threat
Meet The Fockers has assembled a historic, once-in-a-lifetime cast, then stranded them in the laziest, most mercenary kind of sequel imaginable. It's like the 1927 Yankees taking on the Special Olympics softball team.
Nathan Rabin - AV Club
Dean Essner - Bullz-Eye.com
[Dustin Hoffman and Barbra Streisand] seem to have been waiting their whole careers to do unrestrained comedy, and they step into their roles with unparalleled enthusiasm.
Uri Lessing - eFilmCritic.com
Amazing how altering one vowel from the king of all cuss words can spawn a movie franchise.
Bill Clark - FromTheBalcony
...just as mediocre and gratingly unfunny as its predecessor...
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
Catch it on HBO for the sheer delight of everything Hoffman and Streisand do. It's fun to meet the Fockers themselves, but the rest of the movie can stay home.
Karina Montgomery - Cinerina
Mildly amusing...but joke repetition and a greater emphasis on outrageousness and vulgarity release a strong scent of the writers' desperation.
Mark Pfeiffer - Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
This sequel, like most, is inferior to the original, but it is hard not to like these characters.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
As far as completely pointless, redundant, superfluous sequels go, it could have been a lot worse. At least it wasn't ZOOLANDER 2 - MORE ZOOLANDISH
Brian Mckay - eFilmCritic.com
Nik Huggins - Future Movies UK
Hoffman, in particular, is a delight - he has an infectious comic energy that seems to light up the rest of the cast.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
A pergunta e: voce quer transformar o titulo brasileiro desta producao em realidade?
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
'Quiza tenga una historia muy boba y situaciones absurdas llevadas al extremo, pero de eso se trata: de hacer reir con bobadas'
Jorge Avila Andrade - Moviola
Although not as disarmingly funny the second time around, inspired casting means that, unlike most in-laws, the Fockers don't outstay their welcome.
Stella Papamichael - BBC
so exaggerated that it veers wildly and awkwardly into pure, outlandish farce
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
The abundance of talent gathered for Meet the Fockers is sadly shortchanged by the unimaginative script and directorial laissez faire.
Marjorie Baumgarten - Austin Chronicle
[Hoffman and Streisand] make a wonderful team, but it's too bad the material isn't fresher and more worth their time and yours.
Paul Clinton (CNN.com) - CNN.com
It does what few comedies achieve, literally giving me a laugh a minute, sometimes good, deep belly laughs.
Tony Medley - tonymedley.com
Dean Essner - Sunday Times (Australia)
(CNN.com) Paul Clinton - CNN.com
Gauge your interest by how you liked Parents and you won't be disappointed.
Steven Snyder - Zertinet Movies
Even Stiller, who I've always appreciated, seems to be going through the motions here.
JoBlo - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Scott A. Mantz - Entertainment Insiders
Clearly contrived, yet at times undeniably funny. Still, from this cast, you may be expecting more substance and less sophomore.
Ross Anthony - Hollywood Report Card
...[a] star-studded but tediously uneven low-brow sequel...Meet the Fockers is pretty much a flavorless family affair to forget
Frank Ochieng - Movie Eye
No se trata de una obra de arte ni una competidora a los Oscar, pero...A quin le importa eso cuando lo que uno busca es rerse un poco?
Luis Martinez - Cinenganos
The awkward, uncomfortable charms of the previous picture have here been replaced with an aggressive vulgarity that bears not even a passing resemblance to human behavior.
Sean Burns - Philadelphia Weekly
Fockers has the combined subtlety of a libido-mad bull elephant and a bad case of flatulence in church, but that's the kind of movie it is.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
There is not one joke in Meet the Fockers.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
You should get your kicks from the Fockers.
Vince Koehler - Entertainment Spectrum
Hoffman...is like the one kid in gym class who takes Frisbee golf seriously.
Josh Larsen - Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
Unlike Billy Crystal (Analyze This) and Eddie Murphy (Showtime), Stiller brings out De Niro's best comic instincts.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
If you have absolutely nothing else to do, and you can see it for free, with little hassle, you just might get Fockersized.
Michelle Alexandria - Eclipse Magazine
Familiary breeds contempt...Unless you think a dog flushed down a toilet is a laugh riot, you're better off leaving these Fockers alone.
Thomas Delapa - Boulder Weekly
Does little to alter the formula of the original, but the two films set a nice example of successful use of the concept of theme and variation.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel - 3BlackChicks Review
Ben Stiller looks the same as he did during Parents in 2000, but pity poor Teri Polo who's putting on miles faster than Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
Mark Ramsey - MovieJuice!
The foreplay was a little boring, but once they start Fockering, it works... It may be absurd and in poor taste, but that doesn't mean it can't still be funny.
Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone - TheMovieChicks.com
...the story fails to take the high road...
Mark Collette - Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
This is silliness that's good for a video replay on a rainy day.
Lindy T. Shepherd - Orlando Weekly
A comic clash of stereotypical Red State and Blue State culture, but with a wish-fulfillment Hollywood ending in which 'Fockerization' triumphs...
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
The most disappointing sequel of 2004.
Betty Jo Tucker - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Could they not have come up with anything but lumpish, vulgar humor and dumb "Focker" puns?
Audrey Rock-Richardson - Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)
This film has a lot more heart and it's just a lot of fun throughout with all these wonderful actors.
Richard Roeper - Ebert & Roeper
Meet the Fockers is get-rich-quick, no-thought-required sequel-mongering at its most mercenary. (Plus it's screamingly unfunny.)
Scott Weinberg - eFilmCritic.com
It's left to Barbra Streisand and Dustin Hoffman as Greg's parents to warm up the picture, and they light it on fire.
Robert Wilonsky - Dallas Observer
You'd think after an eight-year absence from the screen, [Streisand would] return with more self-respect.
Anthony Del Valle - Las Vegas Mercury
Both movies lack the real discomfort and awkwardness that comes with meeting future in-laws.
Collin Souter - eFilmCritic.com
Dean Essner - Boston Phoenix
There can be worse holiday fluff than watching a tight-knit group of Hollywood veterans having fun.
Donald Munro - Fresno Bee
Dean Essner - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
A one joke movie but Streisand and Hoffman make that one joke enjoyable.
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
Dean Essner - Baltimore Sun
A little coarser, a little more desperate and a lot less funny than its predecessor. But Dustin Hoffman saves the day.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
Like virtually every sequel to a hit comedy, it recycles and essentially beats to death everything that got a laugh in the original film.
James Verniere - Boston Herald
The Fockers is a must-have for family viewing.
Michael Szymanski - Zap2it.com
Watching Meet the Fockers is like attending a big, potentially wild and funny party in which the guests pretend to have fun.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
Fifteen years ago, a movie with Streisand, Hoffman and DeNiro in starring roles would have been considered the casting coup of the ages.
Daniel M. Kimmel - Worcester Telegram & Gazette
This is American Pie for people over 35.
David Elliott - San Diego Union-Tribune
If it weren't for the talent level involved onscreen, Meet the Fockers would be about as entertaining as a rerun of Dharma and Greg.
Marc Mohan - Oregonian
When a movie's title is based on a crass pun, you shouldn't expect the bar to be too high
Sean McBride - Sean the Movie Guy
Despite a cast enhanced with notable players -- Dustin Hoffman and Barbra Streisand come on board as the elder Fockers -- the movie has few new jokes to tell, offering little more than slight modulations of familiar scenarios.
Lisa Rose - Newark Star-Ledger
The laughs are few and far between, bearing only a sloppy, derivative resemblance to its predecessor.
Susan Granger - www.susangranger.com
The exceptional cast turned the garden-variety script they were given into a movie that should please crowds throughout the holiday season.
Alex Sandell - Juicy Cerebellum
Thanks to an ensemble cast that includes Robert De Niro, Barbra Streisand and Dustin Hoffman, Meet The Fockers is much more fun than anticipated.
Liz Braun - Jam! Movies
For audiences that loved Meet the Parents, the movie is a welcome chance to revisit funny and familiar characters.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
By the film's finale you'll pity any poor fool who actually is named Focker -- for following this picture they're certain to see a surge in mockery.
Tyler Hanley - Palo Alto Weekly
Delivers fewer laughs than its predecessor.
Maitland McDonagh - TV Guide's Movie Guide
If you keep your expectations in check, the encounter doesn't disappoint.
Sue Pierman - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
My New Year's plea to Stiller? Watch Sideways. Rinse. Repeat.
Brent Simon - Now Playing Magazine
Amusing ... but not distinctive.
Ward Triplett III - Kansas City Star
And you thought your parents were embarrassing.
Phil Villarreal - Arizona Daily Star
Meet the Fockers is not much of a movie -- just a lot of comic situations barely held together by the semblance of a plot -- but it is genuinely funny in a crass way.
Joe Baltake - Sacramento Bee
This sequel keeps the laughs coming until the ending.
Dean Essner - E! Online
In the tradition of recent Hollywood sequels, this one replays the old gags, gooses up the pace and lowers the level of the humor -- way lower.
William Arnold - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
The ideas behind Meet The Fockers are the best part of this zany sequel to Meet The Parents, but getting Fockerised is not as funny as it should be.
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
A rascally little play on words is the funniest element of Meet the Fockers, a sequel with big name stars and, only occasionally, laughs to match.
Larry Ratliff - San Antonio Express-News
Culture-clashing through the snow, in a one-joke open sleigh, Meet the Fockers goes, laughing all the way . . . to the bank.
Aaron Hillis - Premiere Magazine
Staci Layne Wilson - Fantastica Daily
More than any recent comedy I can think of, Meet the Fockers seems likely to split audiences between those who find it deliriously funny and those who grind their teeth at its obviousness.
Bruce Newman - San Jose Mercury News
Irrepressible Streisand brings her own potent barrage to this company of self-interested men, not to mention the melt-away women.
Cynthia Fuchs - PopMatters
Meet the Fockers doesn't have the shabby feel of some faltering movies, but its repetitive gags and toilet humor take much of the luster off the Focker-Byrnes wedding.
Robert Denerstein - Denver Rocky Mountain News
The audience laughed more because they wanted to find it funny than because they actually did.
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
A quick-and-dirty cash-grab sequel, one that substitutes stunt casting for character work and schtick for writing.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
It's a toss-up as to who gets the worst end of the deal with Meet the Fockers: the audience or the film's all-star cast.
Timothy Knight - Reel.com
Meet the Fockers takes time to generate comic momentum, but the irresistible energy of Hoffman and Streisand soon refreshes the leftover story line from Parents.
Tom Keogh - Seattle Times
Playing up the socio-religious rifts of the first film, the sequel reflects the country's current political schisms.
Nick Schager - Slant Magazine
If you enjoyed Meet the Parents, you'll have just as much fun in Meet the Fockers.
Jack Garner - Journal News (Westchester, NY)
Hoffman and Streisand are the best things about Meet the Fockers. The movie would have been better off spending more time with them instead of focusing again on the uneasy relationship between eager-to-please Greg and his father-in-law- to-be Jack.
Terry Lawson - Detroit Free Press
Coasts on considerable star power to make us laugh with some consistency but never approaches the level of fearless comic abandon that made the first film so popular.
Eugene Novikov - Film Blather
Meet the Fockers is stuck somewhere between being absolutely hilarious and one of the worst comedies ever committed to celluloid.
Brian Orndorf - FilmJerk.com
Meet the Fockers isn't quite as funny as its predecessor, but it definitely has its moments.
Chuck O'Leary - Fantastica Daily
The picture has two lingering scenes that are so excruciatingly funny they compensate for the material that flounders.
Jon Niccum - Lawrence Journal-World
Hoffman and Streisand give energetic, game performances, but the movie provides them with dispiritingly little material.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
Hoffman and Streisand provide some laughs in this sequel to Meet the Parents but the screenplay lacks comic zest.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
Given how well Stiller and De Niro play off each other, you'll wish they had more to work with.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
The sequel is pretty much what you'd expect--mindless fluff with maybe a little less calamity than its predecessor, but a lot more schmaltz. Oy vey!
Kit Bowen - Hollywood.com
This isn't just a second helping of Gaylord Focker humiliation, for once here's a comedy sequel that manages to revisit its world without banally repeating it.
Joshua Tyler - CinemaBlend.com
Simply too much unpleasantness afoot.
Kim Williamson - Boxoffice Magazine
MtF works rather well although it sometimes lacks the smoothness of its predecessor.
Glen Oliver - IGN Movies
Streisand and Hoffman are a hoot, the most entertaining Haight-Ashbury movie refugees since Lily Tomlin and Alan Alda similarly tormented Stiller in Flirting With Disaster.
Larry Carroll - FilmStew.com
Streisand and especially Hoffman are a hoot.
Jill Vejnoska - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Hoffman and Streisand...are a wonderful addition to the comedic mix with their relaxed, laid back lifestyle and penchant for randy sex
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
So many subplots are piled onto Meet the Fockers that it's a wonder any of the glittering talents assembled here have room to be funny.
Gene Seymour - Newsday
Never has so much talent been wasted with so little imagination.
Glenn Whipp - Los Angeles Daily News
Stiller - by starring in Meet the Fockers, one of the year's final releases - pulls into a buzzer-beating tie with Jude Law as the most-overexposed actor of the movie year.
Austin O'Connor - Lowell Sun
Barbra Streisand has the show-stopping moments in this uneven comedy.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
DeNiro is pretty much the only reason to see Meet the Fockers...[betrays] creative exhaustion.
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
An infantile, desperately uncreative sequel that will do anything for a cheap laugh. Just imagine Meet the Parents remade for the comedy sensibilities of a 12-year-old.
Rob Blackwelder - SPLICEDWire
Meet The Fockers is a fine sequel; not surpassing the original, but clearly putting forth more of an effort than most follow-ups do into the script department.
Erik Childress - eFilmCritic.com
There's room left open, of course, for the eagerly-awaited conclusion to the Parent Focker trilogy. Here's hoping that when that blessed day arrives, I'll be good and dead.
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
Unbelievably raunchy...an avalanche of s******ing sexual humor masquerading as a family comedy.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
Formulaic but consistently funny.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
Forced and formulaic sequel ... is a tedious disappointment.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
repetitious and just not that funny on the whole, especially since it's so derivative and out of character next to the original
Christopher Null - Filmcritic.com
Greg Focker is ashamed of his loving parents and Jack Byrnes needs Viagra.
Victoria Alexander - Movie Reviews in Croatian
This pic is pretty Focking lame.
Danny Minton - Beaumont Journal
If you don't think Ben Stiller is funny, Spanglish is playing at the next theater over. Meet The Fockers made me laugh so hard my stomach started to ache.
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
Features three of the most frightening noses in the business (Streisand, Hoffman and Owen Wilson). Consider yourself lucky it's not in 3D.
Jon Popick - Planet Sick-Boy
A frantic, pointless sequel, funny in clumps, but mostly contrived and empty.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
While there is a serious subtext, cast and crew remember that this is essentially a frivolous comedy
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
Feels like a big-budget Dharma & Greg episode with toilet jokes.
David Chute - L.A. Weekly