• 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

Drew Hunt
Chicago Reader
Top Critic
February 4, 2013

Thematic inconsistencies abound as Stevens aims for a tone somewhere between Grumpy Old Men, The Hangover, and Goodfellas.

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
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic
February 1, 2013

If you don't think Al Pacino still has it in him, this is a welcome chance to be proved wrong.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Tom Long
Detroit News
Top Critic
February 1, 2013

Is it fun? Sure, some of the time. Is it good? That's a stretch. Does it tap the potential of these three actors? Fuggedaboutit.

Full Review | Original Score: C+
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
Top Critic
February 1, 2013

The degree to which "Stand Up Guys" succeeds at all is completely dependent on Walken, who elevates everything around him by seemingly doing nothing at all.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic
January 31, 2013

Fisher Stevens directed from Noah Haidle's script, which is obviously the work of a young writer.

Scott Bowles
USA Today
Top Critic
January 31, 2013

It's been a long time since a movie wasted as much talent as Stand Up Guys, a film that aims to be a geezer Goodfellas but whose execution is a misfire.

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
Top Critic
January 31, 2013

Makes its way under your skin thanks to its three lead actors, all of whom have a way of bringing a uniquely weirdly spin to their not-so-tough-guy lines.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic
January 31, 2013

I can't argue that performers the stature of Pacino, Walken and Arkin don't deserve better material, yet it's so nice to have them onscreen together I'm in no mood to quibble.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Scott Tobias
NPR
Top Critic
January 31, 2013

Actor-turned-director Fisher Stevens gravely misjudges the tone - when he isn't trying to get too cute about everything, he slathers his characters in unearned sentimentality.

Rafer Guzman
Newsday
Top Critic
January 31, 2013

"Stand Up Guys" is mostly a string of low-key, almost-amusing chats over breakfast tables and pool tables, as if just watching these actors exhale should be entertaining enough.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic
January 31, 2013

Elegiac and corny and not really convincing on any level ...

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
Top Critic
January 31, 2013

It's like watching your grandfather get naked on YouTube.

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
Top Critic
January 31, 2013

In the end Stevens, probably wisely, just gets out of the way and lets the old guys have a ball.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
Top Critic
January 31, 2013

An excruciating and melodramatic comedy.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic
January 31, 2013

For a worthier project, we'd gladly contribute to these legends' retirement funds, but a shaky scam like "Stand Up Guys" isn't even worth the price of an early bird special.

Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
Top Critic
January 31, 2013

There is a sense that everyone, this treasure trove of talent included, is waiting for something to happen, some bit of alchemy that will make the story coalesce into a whole and take it beyond the jokes about Viagra, hookers and regrets.

Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic
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
Nathan Rabin
AV Club
Top Critic
January 31, 2013

Stand Up Guys is the sitcom Mikey & Nicky no one asked for.

Full Review | Original Score: D
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic
January 31, 2013

Sometimes it's all about the casting.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic
January 30, 2013

Stand Up Guys reminds you that these three are still way too good to collapse into shticky self-parody, even when they're in a movie that's practically begging them to.

Full Review | Original Score: B-
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
Top Critic
January 29, 2013

There's enough humor and tenderness in Fisher Stevens' film to make it a passably enjoyable experience for the most part.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Alissa Simon
Variety
Top Critic
January 22, 2013

A mildly raunchy, modestly entertaining geriatric comedy starring Al Pacino, Christopher Walken and Alan Arkin as retired gangsters who reunite for one last night on the town.

Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic
December 14, 2012

Really, what do the actors have to work with here? The movie isn't funny enough to allow them to burlesque their images, or serious enough to give them a way to reflect upon them ...

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Kyle Smith
New York Post
Top Critic
December 14, 2012

Painful, misshapen and a little gross. It's an enlarged prostate of a movie.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic
December 13, 2012

Despite some predictable predicaments - and the inevitable Viagra joke - the film is clever in the way it deals with the high cost of mob connections and the even higher cost of old age.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Stephen Holden
New York Times
Top Critic
December 13, 2012

Most of the modest pleasures are in the ways the men expertly play off one another and invest their shallow characters with more depth than any filmmaker could reasonably expect.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
Top Critic
December 13, 2012

Pacino - embracing painful Viagra jokes with abrasive, motor-mouthed energy - either needs better gigs or stronger guidance.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jordan Hoffman
Film.com
Top Critic
December 12, 2012

It's a pity because there's a good movie in "Stand Up Guys" somewhere.

Full Review | Original Score: C
Keith Uhlich
Time Out New York
Top Critic
December 11, 2012

This moronically unfunny gangster comedy fluctuates wildly between the lowest-of-low humor and pity-the-aged-man pathos, and offers further evidence that the best days are behind its iconic cast members.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice
Top Critic
December 11, 2012

It plays out like you would fear.

Rob Nelson
Variety
Top Critic
October 12, 2012

Veering between buddy movie and action-thriller, Stand Up Guys is a mildly raunchy, modestly entertaining geriatric comedy.

Duane Byrge
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic
October 12, 2012

Standout performances from Pacino, Walken and Arkin as old-timers prove that losing a step can't keep you off your feet.