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Grumpy Old Men (1993)

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71

Average Rating: 6.4/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 2

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73

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Average Rating: 3.2/5
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Movie Info

This cheerful holiday comedy, a surprise box office smash, featured a generous dollop of raunchy, crude humor and was greatly elevated by the presence of masterful performers in the lead roles. Jack Lemmon is John Gustafson, an ice-fishing Minnesota native who has been feuding with his neighbor and former best friend Max Goldman (Walter Matthau) for decades. The battle of wills between John and Max is characterized by crude name calling and harmless practical jokes. Max is unaware that John is

PG-13,

Drama, Comedy

Aug 27, 1997

Warner Bros. Pictures

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All Critics (38) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (24) | Rotten (12) | DVD (5)

Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon are awfully good at this sort of thing.

August 24, 2008 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
TIME Magazine
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Mediocre, regrettably.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Just don't expect their bickering to be on the level of Neil Simon, and you won't be disappointed.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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While it won't come close to my top 10 best list for 1993, it will be right up there among the pictures that I had the most fun watching.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: ReelViews
ReelViews
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The movie is too pat and practiced to really be convincing, and the progress of Ariel's relationships with the two grumps seems dictated mostly by the needs of the screenplay.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Comment (1)
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If you poke through Grumpy's cheap sentimentality, you'll find a worthy picture somewhere.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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the real reason this movie works is the fantastic, decades-honed chemistry of Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau

September 21, 2010 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

A funny, often hilarious, film that proves that a story doesn't need to be completely new just as long as there's a spin on it to make it different.

August 28, 2009 Full Review Source: Movie Views

Irresistible...the prime hams and real-life friends share comic timing that can only come from years of experience. [Blu-ray]

July 15, 2009 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
Groucho Reviews

...sort of a one-note picture, but luckily that one note is often pretty humorous.

June 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

What ruins the fun is the prattling need for structure outside the central rivalry

May 27, 2009 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

Though supported by a stellar ensemble running the gamut of their seriocomic paces, it's not enough to distract viewers from script holes large enough to drive a snowplow through.

August 24, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

[Lemmon and Matthau] made much worse in the next few years.

August 24, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

A raucous geezer comedy that contains several hilarious moments where you're laughing well into the next scene.

January 26, 2006
Fantastica Daily

Two old men who are challenged to savor life's pleasures and end their feud

July 19, 2003 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

A lot funnier than it sounds.

March 23, 2003 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

Contrived but fun old man buddy comedy. Burgess Meredith has all the best lines.

March 18, 2003
eFilmCritic.com

Age old tale of opposites is a charmer.

February 12, 2003
Sunday Times (Australia)

It could be my Minnesota heritage, but I honestly thought this was one of the funniest comedies ever made.

August 4, 2002
Juicy Cerebellum

Okay entertainment held together by the chemistry of the cast

July 30, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

This one has a moment or two, but the rest fails to click.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
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There are a couple of belly laughs, but there's not much genuine spark.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
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I'm not even really sure where it gets lost, but it ends up going nowhere.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Audience Reviews for Grumpy Old Men

Not the best film of the duo Matthau and Lemmon, but, Grumpy Old Men still a funny and charismatic movie about love, life, family, friends and death in old age.
January 2, 2012
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

An instant classic! This comedy has all the right timing and Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau make the funniest pair. Don't skip the end credits either, Burgess Meredith has some of the funniest one-liners I've ever heard!
March 14, 2011
shawnewing92

Super Reviewer

Just a really funny movie showcasing one of the best duos in comedy. Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau are as good together 30 years after their first onscreen partnering. While this isn't as well written or as fresh as The Odd Couple, it's such an untapped market. Squabbling old men is somehow one of the most entertaining things to watch. This also has so much heart and honesty thrown in that you simply can't resist falling in love with the characters.
July 22, 2010
ythelastman89

Super Reviewer

Hey Puts...Hey Moron...
Ha ha ha this is absolutely hilarious!!! Cracking up all the way through the movie
January 16, 2010
EightThirty

Super Reviewer

    1. Max Goldman: Eat my shorts.
    – Submitted by russell b (5 months ago)
    1. Max Goldman: Oh, shut up, fat ass!
    – Submitted by Matthew D (7 months ago)
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