• R, 1 hr. 34 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:    Fisher Stevens
  • In Theaters:    Feb 1, 2013 Limited
  • On DVD:    May 21, 2013
  • Lionsgate

Stand Up Guys Reviews

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Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
July 5, 2013

A messy script isn't enough to undermine these clever veteran actors, who manage to make the most of the humour, drama and action without ever losing their dignity.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Emma Dibdin
Digital Spy
June 28, 2013

There's sharp dialogue and the odd, startling moment of emotional intimacy scattered amidst the dreck; enough to make this a solidly entertaining couple of hours if you try resolutely not to think about it too hard.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rich Cline
Contactmusic.com
June 28, 2013

Frankly, if you put Al Pacino, Christopher Walken and Alan Arkin in your movie, you don't really need to worry about the script: we'd happily watch them do just about anything on-screen.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
June 27, 2013

With a little bit of chutzpah and a fistful of Viagra, the tough guys of yesteryear can still come staggering back to make a decent movie.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tim Evans
Sky Movies
June 26, 2013

A rewarding mash-up of Last of the Summer Wine and Goodfellas.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
John Serba
MLive.com
June 5, 2013

There's much entertainment ... in watching a trio of great actors in the twilight of their careers, at work with a strong script.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Eddie Harrison
The List
June 5, 2013

Stand Up Guys is very much an old man's film, but Stevens just about delivers the performances that its ageing audience demands.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
April 27, 2013

It's hardly great, but it's refreshingly old school.

Full Review | Original Score: 86/100
Leland Montgomery
Paste Magazine
February 21, 2013

There's something about Stand Up Guys that's both brilliant and poignant.

Full Review | Original Score: 6.5/10
Rick Kisonak
Film Threat
February 6, 2013

Stevens' second feature proves unexpectedly thoughtful and affecting, thanks in large part to virtuoso interplay between its leads.

Chris Knight
National Post
February 5, 2013

There are no real surprises and not a lot of drama in Stand Up Guys, but since the actors not delivering the goods are septuagenarians Christopher Walken, Al Pacino and Alan Arkin, you're in for a show nonetheless.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Perry Seibert
TV Guide's Movie Guide
February 4, 2013

For a film about coming to terms with death, Stand Up Guys is funnier than you might expect, and never once sinks into sentimental treacle.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
Top Critic
February 2, 2013

Some actors don't need top-shelf material. Just the pleasure of their company is enough. And so Al Pacino, Christopher Walken and Alan Arkin turn the insubstantial Stand Up Guys into solid entertainment.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
Top Critic
February 1, 2013

It's just fun to watch Pacino, Walken and Arkin work together, very much enjoying the shared experience. Seeing Stand Up Guys is an offer you could easily refuse, but hey, why fight it?

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
David Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan
February 1, 2013

It's Walken's deadpan style vs. Pacino's bombastic, loud, often obnoxious behavior, but it works for me.

Sandy Schaefer
ScreenRant
February 1, 2013

Stand Up Guys gets caught up in stereotypical old-timer laughs but its principal cast shakes them off and ultimately makes the experience fulfilling.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Diana Saenger
ReviewExpress.com
February 1, 2013

Reminds us Hollywood rarely turns out actors like this anymore.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
John Wirt
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
February 1, 2013

A small film featuring three wily, veteran screen thespians in a storyline based in loyalty and friendship, Stand Up Guys is, in its offbeat and often warm way, a killer little movie.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit
February 1, 2013

No movie starring Pacino, Walken and Arkin can be all bad -- and Stand Up Guys isn't

Alison Gang
San Diego Union-Tribune
February 1, 2013

A thoughtful little buddy caper comedy that wisely exploits the audience's natural affection for its aging stars.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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