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Guess Who Review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0
    49

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 20

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Guess Who is, impurely and simply, a comic premise borrowed, turned around and dumbed down to the level of sketch or sub-sketch humor.

  • 38

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    A succession of tired race jokes made worse by the bad comedic timing of the bland, under-talented Ashton Kutcher.

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  • 58

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Guess Who, with its PG-13 putdowns, turns into the kind of love story that Hollywood feels most comfortable with: a buddy movie, salt-and-pepper variety. All that's missing is the cop car.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Michael Rechtshaffen

    Packs plenty of crowd-pleasing appeal.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 13+

Update on Poitier classic isn't as memorable.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has some sexual humor, including jokes about masturbation, cross-dressing, and gays. A character asks "What's the sex like?" and there is some discussion of what white men's sex organs look like. There is humor about racism, including a list of racist terms for white people. A great deal is made of the fact that Simon and Percy share a bed (as a way of making sure that Simon and Theresa don't sleep together) and end up cuddling.

  • Families can talk about whether any of them can remember a time when it was actually illegal in some states for people of different races to get married.
  • They could read the Supreme Court decision that invalidated those lawsas unconstitutional. It's shocking today to realize that the laws werein place until that decision was issued in 1967, the same year as theoriginal Guess Who's Coming to Dinner. The very-apt name of the landmark case is Loving v. Virginia. 
  • Familieswho see this movie could talk about the jokes Simon told. Which madefun of white people and which made fun of black people? They could alsotalk about their own family reactions to marriages that cross racial,religious, or other kinds of lines.

The good stuff
  • message true1

    Messages: Tolerance is supposed to be the theme, but if you are looking for a moral message you are better off renting the original with Sindey Poitier's powerful performance.

What to watch for
  • violence false0

    Violence: Comic scuffle.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Many comic sexual references.

  • language false3

    Language: Some strong language.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Drinking, including drinking in response to stress, characters get tipsy.

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