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  • 63
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    One of the nicest things about Father of the Bride is that it's not ashamed to be old-fashioned and sweet. It's also not ashamed to get sappy and drippy and gooey, but you have to take the good with the bad. [20 Dec 1991, p.C1] show more

  • 50
    Mike Clark USA Today

    A few bits are filler, albeit funny filler. But those who would rather laugh than cry at weddings ( will say "I do'' to Bride. [20 Dec 1991, p.1D] show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    It's one of the movies with a lot of smiles and laughter in it, and a good feeling all the way through. Just everyday life, warmly observed. show more

  • 75
    Dave Kehr Chicago Tribune

    The film's real subject is the unacknowledged intensity of the father-daughter bond and the difficulty of separation, though Shyer, true to his name, shies away from the more painful implications of the material. [20 Dec 1991, p.B] show more

  • 63
    TV Guide

    The film belongs to Steve Martin, whose crisp, almost bitter delivery, although frequently off-putting, manages to put an edge to a film that, without him, would be mush. show more

  • 50
    Boston Globe

    Martin is lots of friendly fun, proving once again that he is an actor with untapped range and style. Without him, the movie would deflate. [20 Dec 1991, p.54] show more

  • 50
    The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Alas, the perfect Steve Martin vehicle will probably never be the perfect film, no matter how endearing the silver-haired actor makes himself. And so it is with Father of the Bride; good, but by no means great. [20 Dec 1991, p.C3] show more

  • 60
    Empire

    The film does work, but not quite as well as the Hepburn-Tracy classic that it seeks to replace. Mildly amusing. show more

  • 42
    William Arnold Seattle Post-Intelligencer

    As hard as it tries to capture that blend of domestic comedy and paternal angst that made its predecessor a classic, it is still a pale shadow and a barely passable Steve Martin vehicle. [20 Dec 1991, p.10] show more

  • 80
    Washington Post

    The movie, as a whole, isn't nearly so original. Still, it's a pleasing, well-crafted, surprisingly satisfying diversion. It's eager to entertain and has a quality that's genuinely rare these days, a spirit of gentle modesty. show more

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