Standing Still Reviews

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
May 8, 2008
...a progressively endearing effort that boasts several superb performances and a brisk, downright fun sensibility.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Erin Clements
Time Out
April 25, 2006
The Swiss-quartz comic timing of the film's ensemble cast makes its neurotic characters more compelling than your average cinematic slackers.
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
April 25, 2006
An independent, dialogue-heavy film that from the looks of it was made more with fun and passion than money.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
April 24, 2006
This is a hit and miss romantic comedy with a few solid laughs and some pretty smart dialogue.
Dan Fienberg
Zap2it.com
April 21, 2006
I continue to enjoy Van Der Beek's willingness to play obnoxiously against type -- it turns out as a big-headed hero, he's boring, but as a big-headed ***, he's a funny guy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide
April 21, 2006
The efforts of an attractive and accomplished cast ensure that director Matthew Cole Weiss' feature debut is neither as dull nor as insufferably smug as it could easily have been.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Timothy Knight
Reel.com
April 21, 2006
There's just simply not one iota of originality to this exceedingly superficial and charm-deprived ensemble film. It doesn't help that most of the characters come across as entitled, navel-gazing twits without a smidgen of depth.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
April 21, 2006
Don't send a gift. Send your regrets. This is one wedding invitation that can clearly, safely be declined.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
April 21, 2006
The aptly named Standing Still, about postcollegiate 20-somethings, has the dramatic momentum of a daisy-picking toddler.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
April 21, 2006
Relentlessly shallow.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
April 21, 2006
A movie as inert as its title.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
April 21, 2006
Standing Still wants to be an honest, earnest look at the difficulties of growing up and moving on, but it remains stuck in such a fantasy-laden milieu that the characters never feel particularly real, and their problems seem phony and arbitrary.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
April 21, 2006
Despite the best efforts of its energetic young ensemble, this soft focus romantic comedy cries out for a sharper edge.

E! Online
April 21, 2006
The entire cast is likable and good looking -- a combination that turns what could be cheerful, if fluffy, fair into something a bit more resonant.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
April 21, 2006
If The Big Chill and American Wedding had a love child, it might look something like Standing Still.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
April 20, 2006
The script (by Matthew Perniciaro and Timm Sharp) is trite, and the direction so flat that every scene looks like it was shot in a broom closet, but the bright young cast makes things more bearable than they should be.
Staci Layne Wilson
SheKnows Network
April 19, 2006
The only more apropos title might have been: Standing Still While Talking.
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Justin Chang
Variety
April 18, 2006
Surfing the crowd in Altman-lite style, pic skims the surface entertainingly but goes limp in its stabs at seriousness.
Clint Morris
Moviehole
October 29, 2005
A little gem of a movie - characters you just don't want to leave. Van Der Beek is good.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
June 24, 2005
An ill-defined mishmash of cliches, with poorly sketched characters and leaden dialogue.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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