The War With Grandpa

critic Reviews

, 29% Rotten Tomatometer Score
  • Fitfully funny but mostly misguided, The War with Grandpa will leave audiences with a handful of chuckles -- and a lot of questions about what this talented cast was thinking.
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    Robbie CollinDaily Telegraph (UK)
    Hollywood family entertainment at its most humdrum and stupefying - less a babysitter in motion picture form than an audio-visual bowl of Mogadon-laced Coco Pops.
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    Amy NicholsonFilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
    It depends on your tolerance for watching Robert De Niro flash people.
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    Bilge EbiriNew York Magazine/Vulture
    It's the kind of film that seems to vanish from the mind even as you're watching it.
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    Peter TraversABC News
    barely passable piffle
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    Johnny OleksinskiNew York Post
    Who knew a dodgeball game between Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken, Cheech Marin, Jane Seymour and a bunch of rowdy kids could be so bland?
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    James BerardinelliReelViews
    Robert De Niro has made his share of nearly-unwatchable comedies so, although it's tempting to say The War with Grandpa is the worst, I can't say that definitively.
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    Tim BraytonAlternate Ending
    [An]ungainly, ugly, depressing hybridisation of a playful family dramedy and over-the-top physical humor.
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    Mark MeszorosThe News-Herald (Willoughby, OH)
    You can't say The War With Grandpa is terrific, but it has its moments - and it's likely to entertain the kids for an hour and a half.
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    Richard CrouseRichard Crouse
    A harmless family film but the movie lover in me couldn't help but cringe just a bit watching The Deer Hunter co-stars De Niro and Walken return to battle against a bunch of tweens.
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    Candice McMillanSeattle Refined
    The film attempts to check all the boxes of a children's comedy, but fails to make a connection. They are the shells of these archetypes without making them novel in any way.
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