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Based on 19 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 63
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    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. show more

  • 50
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    It's the same old, same old - except with some really snappy one-liners. show more

  • 70
    Sheri Linden The Hollywood Reporter

    Avoids easy shtick and saccharine conclusions, opting instead for character dynamics that the two leads deliver with consummate skill. show more

  • 63
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    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. show more

  • 63
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    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. show more

  • 63
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    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. show more

  • 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. show more

  • 38
    Connie Ogle Miami Herald

    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. show more

  • 25
    Boston Globe

    It's a family comedy-drama that wants to pluck the heartstrings but keeps getting tangled in its own tinny sentiment. show more

  • 25
    Liam Lacey The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    This one's just painful. show more

  • April 10, 2010 lanarryder
    Report This User

    Love, love, love this movie - realistic, entertaining, great acting and has a lot to *say* - funny and poignant. :)

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