As a low-budget independent not necessarily intended for a broad audience, Casa doesn't have to bow to the middle-of-the-road multiplex appeal that handcuffs many SNL-pedigreed films. That works to the film's great benefit.
Ian Buckwalter, The Atlantic, 2012-03-27
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.
Eric D. Snider, Film.com, 2012-03-17
Ferrell is an hombre loco. Mi gusta.
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, 2012-03-16
Is "Casa de Mi Padre" brilliant or pointless? Indubitably it's both, as Ron Burgundy might put it.
Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com, 2012-03-15
This very funny spoof of telenovelas and classic Mexican westerns is decidedly offbeat and absurdly daffy.
Claudia Puig, USA Today, 2012-03-15
"Casa de Mi Padre" demands that you not take it seriously, and for the most part that's easy to do.
Manohla Dargis, New York Times, 2012-03-15
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.
Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer, 2012-03-15
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.
Randy Cordova, Arizona Republic, 2012-03-15
Odd, intermittently amusing but wholly unsatisfying, an oddball experiment that simply doesn't work.
Tom Huddleston, Time Out, 2012-06-06
I regard Casa de Mi Padre as an interesting but failed experiment.
Dana Stevens, Slate, 2012-03-16
A product as cheap, empty and worth of a good beating as a pinata.
Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger, 2012-03-16
For a movie with basically one idea -- spoofing the telenovela -- "Casa" is determined to take it as far as possible.
Rafer Guzman, Newsday, 2012-03-16
Really, Casa de mi Padre is a skit blown up to a feature flick, amusing for a while until its welcome wears out.
Rick Groen, Globe and Mail, 2012-03-16
As a full-length feature, "Casa" is simply a funny concept that starts to go stale around the 10-minute mark.
Sara Stewart, New York Post, 2012-03-16
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.
Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post, 2012-03-16
It's really strange, and it's really subtitled.
Amy Biancolli, San Francisco Chronicle, 2012-03-15
A lot of the film unrolls like wasted opportunities, placeholders between the cheesy musical interludes and ludicrous Peckinpah-esque violence.
Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times, 2012-03-15
The film feels ultimately hollow, perhaps because mocking soap operas is the comic's equivalent of shooting fish tacos in a barrel.
Andrew Lapin, NPR, 2012-03-15
It's a solid short film stretched to Silly Putty thinness.
Ty Burr, Boston Globe, 2012-03-15
About five minutes of its mercifully short 84 minutes would make a nice sketch on Ferrell's Funny or Die.
Mary F. Pols, TIME Magazine, 2012-03-15