Stand Up Guys Reviews

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Curtis Woloschuk
Total Film
June 16, 2013
You'd think that septuagenarians Al Pacino and Christopher Walken would still have enough self-respect left in the tank to steer clear of debacles like this.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Leah Churner
Austin Chronicle
January 31, 2013
Guys has the lax, sleep-deprived vibe of one of those end-of-the-show "experimental" sketches on Saturday Night Live.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Abhimanyu Das
Slant Magazine
December 13, 2012
Fails to plumb the dramatic depths of its setups, but every now and then the actors pick up the slack, filling in the blanks with three decades's worth of mythic resonance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jonathan Lack
We Got This Covered
January 30, 2013
I will continue to hold out hope for a good Pacino/Walken team-up in the future, but with writing this rote and unremarkable, Stand Up Guys is just as flaccid as its main character's penis.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Jeff Beck
Examiner.com
January 31, 2013
There's far too much meandering here for it to make much of an impact. If [Heidle] had buckled down and concentrated on the most important element of the story, he really could have had an intriguing character study.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Matthew Odam
Austin American-Statesman
January 31, 2013
The movie from director Fisher Stevens echoes much of the visual stylings of the pulpy noir of the 1990s set in Los Angeles, but the story, which lacks any adrenaline, ambles about, never quite hooking the audience.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Vincent Mancini
FilmDrunk
February 1, 2013
Al Pacino's chemically-induced boner that has to be drained with a needle in the first act is a nice metaphor for the whole movie.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Top Critic
Drew Hunt
Chicago Reader
February 4, 2013
Thematic inconsistencies abound as Stevens aims for a tone somewhere between Grumpy Old Men, The Hangover, and Goodfellas.
Mark Ellis
Schmoes Know
February 4, 2013
If it wasn't for the talent on screen I may have been bored by this, but hey, you hired these guys for a reason, right?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.9/5
Kristian Harloff
Schmoes Know
February 4, 2013
Throw in Alan Arkin and this would seem to be a promising premise, but the dialogue didn't click and the film just meanders through it's one evening.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice
December 11, 2012
It plays out like you would fear.
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
December 30, 2012
A fine cast stumbles and falls and never quite gets back up again.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
July 2, 2013
Stand Up Guys probably won't appeal to anyone whose father hasn't got friends of pensionable age.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 31, 2013
But if you're in the mood to see a movie -- any movie -- featuring Pacino, Walken and Arkin, well ... here it is.
Top Critic
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
January 31, 2013
Arkin in particular can barely hide his lack of enthusiasm for the material. Some of the looks he shoots his co-stars appear to contain a secret code of some kind, deciphered as: 'Well, at least I'm in 'Argo.'"
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
January 31, 2013
Fisher Stevens directed from Noah Haidle's script, which is obviously the work of a young writer.
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
February 8, 2013
One of the tiredest movies ever associated with those three actors.
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Jordan Hoffman
Film.com
December 12, 2012
It's a pity because there's a good movie in "Stand Up Guys" somewhere.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Brett Michel
Boston Phoenix
January 30, 2013
Has Al Pacino ever looked so small?
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Paul Chambers
Movie Chambers
June 13, 2013
All three acting legends bring the spice to a sub-par story. But, the total is not enough to keep this flick from stinking.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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