'Casa de Mi Padre' Critic Reviews

69%
MovieWeb:   2 reviews
44%
Rotten Tomatoes:   107 reviews
  • Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    67
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Manohla Dargis New York Times (Top Critic)
    60
    "Casa de Mi Padre" demands that you not take it seriously, and for the most part that's easy to do.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Phelim O'Neill Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    60
    It's all a little undercooked, playing more like an extended version of a very funny trailer than an actual, full-bodied comedy.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Claudia Puig USA Today (Top Critic)
    75
    This very funny spoof of telenovelas and classic Mexican westerns is decidedly offbeat and absurdly daffy.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Michael O'Sullivan Washington Post (Top Critic)
    25
    It's perfect for a short clip on FunnyorDie.com. Padded out to feature length, with a bunch of other slight and unmemorable laughs, it wears thin.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Ty Burr Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    38
    It's a solid short film stretched to Silly Putty thinness.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Karina Longworth Village Voice (Top Critic)
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Nick Pinkerton Village Voice (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Joe Neumaier New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    20
    An unfunny Spanish movie that worked best as a two-minute trailer.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Roger Moore Dallas Morning News (Top Critic)
    75
    Ferrell hurls himself into the melodramatic, heavy-breathing telenovela style of acting. And surrounded by actors who know the genre and get the joke (Efren Ramirez from "Napoleon Dynamite" among them), this send-up works.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Glenn Kenny MSN Movies (Top Critic)
    10
    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,
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    50
    The movie is only 84 minutes long, including credit cookies, but that is quite long enough.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • J. R. Jones Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    75
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Randy Cordova Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    80
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Justin Chang Variety (Top Critic)
    A likable enough lark that rarely achieves outright hilarity.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Sara Stewart New York Post (Top Critic)
    50
    As a full-length feature, "Casa" is simply a funny concept that starts to go stale around the 10-minute mark.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Peter Howell Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    50
    It's audacious, given the huge resistance of Americans to subtitled films. It's also a good idea. If only it were funnier.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Eric D. Snider Film.com (Top Critic)
    75
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Rick Groen Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    50
    Really, Casa de mi Padre is a skit blown up to a feature flick, amusing for a while until its welcome wears out.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Andrew O'Hehir Salon.com (Top Critic)
    Is "Casa de Mi Padre" brilliant or pointless? Indubitably it's both, as Ron Burgundy might put it.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Dana Stevens Slate (Top Critic)
    I regard Casa de Mi Padre as an interesting but failed experiment.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • James Berardinelli ReelViews (Top Critic)
    75
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Todd McCarthy Hollywood Reporter (Top Critic)
    It makes sense that this Spanish-lingo farce plays very much like an SNL sketch. The only problem is that it packs about as many laughs into its 85 minutes as a good skit does in eight or 10.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Christy Lemire Associated Press (Top Critic)
    50
    Cute, but not much more. But maybe it's better if you've had a couple margaritas with friends beforehand.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
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