• PG-13, 1 hr. 43 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Donald Petrie
    In Theaters:
    Dec 24, 1993 Wide
    On DVD:
    Aug 27, 1997
  • Warner Bros. Pictures


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Grumpy Old Men Reviews

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Renee Schonfeld
Common Sense Media

So-so comedy with insults, sexual humor. No kid appeal.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 2/5

May 6, 2014
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

the real reason this movie works is the fantastic, decades-honed chemistry of Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau

Full Review Source: 7M Pictures | Original Score: 3.5/5

September 21, 2010
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views

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.

Full Review Source: Movie Views

August 28, 2009
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

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

Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 15, 2009
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

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

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 6/10

June 26, 2009
Chris Cabin

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

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 3/5

May 27, 2009
Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
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Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon are awfully good at this sort of thing.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

August 24, 2008

TV Guide's Movie Guide

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.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 24, 2008


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

Full Review Source: Film4

August 24, 2008
Derek Adams
Time Out
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Mediocre, regrettably.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily

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

| Original Score: 3/4

January 26, 2006
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

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

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice

July 19, 2003
Caryn James
New York Times
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Just don't expect their bickering to be on the level of Neil Simon, and you won't be disappointed.

Full Review Source: New York Times

May 20, 2003
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

A lot funnier than it sounds.

Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 23, 2003
Brian Mckay

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

| Original Score: 3/5

March 18, 2003
Shannon J. Harvey
Sunday Times (Australia)

Age old tale of opposites is a charmer.

| Original Score: 3/5

February 12, 2003
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum

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

| Original Score: 9/10

August 4, 2002
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Okay entertainment held together by the chemistry of the cast

| Original Score: 3/5

July 30, 2002
Mark R. Leeper

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

Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews | Original Score: 0 out of -4..+4

January 1, 2000
Scott Renshaw

There are a couple of belly laughs, but there's not much genuine spark.

Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews | Original Score: 5/10

January 1, 2000
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