• PG-13, 1 hr. 37 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Harold Ramis
    In Theaters:
    Apr 12, 1995 Wide
    On DVD:
    Apr 17, 2001
  • Paramount Home Video

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Stuart Saves His Family Reviews

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Joe Leydon
Variety
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It isn't good enough, it isn't smart enough, and, doggone it, most people won't like Stuart Saves His Family.

Full Review Source: Variety

May 14, 2008

TV Guide's Movie Guide

Often funny, darker than you'd expect, and firmly grounded in Franken's extensive experience of the 12-Step worldview.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3/4

May 14, 2008
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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Even if you find Franken hard to bear, as I do, the movie's take on how he functions in the world is both authoritative and compelling, and the movie steadily grows in stature.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

May 14, 2008

Film4

Played unsuccessfully for laughs, it is ploddingly directed. And proudly proclaimed as a Ramis film. After this he should change his name or profession.

Full Review Source: Film4 | Original Score: 0/5

May 14, 2008

Time Out
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Those familiar with Alcoholics Anonymous' 12-step recovery programme may bond in sympathy. The sentimentality, however, doesn't play.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
JoBlo
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

I prepared myself for yet another "one joke" Saturday Night Live movie here, but what I got was an enjoyable little film that actually touched upon some interesting issues...

Full Review Source: JoBlo's Movie Emporium | Original Score: 7/10

June 24, 2006
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times

Not as bad as you'd expect

| Original Score: 3/5

March 9, 2005
Martin Scribbs
Low IQ Canadian

I forgive you, Al Franken. You were young and needed the money.

July 5, 2004
Janet Maslin
New York Times
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The plotting is surprisingly banal, involving even talk of a property easement and turning Stuart into the executor of a relative's estate. And the relatives' problems are taken semi-seriously, which is more than this lightweight film can handle.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/5

May 20, 2003
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

There can be no excuse.

| Original Score: 0/5

January 8, 2003
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

Though it misfires, this spoof of recovery programs should be noted for its sincerity.

| Original Score: 2/5

July 26, 2002
Scott Weinberg
Apollo Guide

Better than most SNL flotsam, but surely that's not saying much.

Full Review Source: Apollo Guide | Original Score: 67/100

June 19, 2001
Peter Rainer
Los Angeles Times
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It was much funnier when we didn't see Stuart's family. And, if we have to see them, it would have been much funnier if they were strait-laced '50s sitcom types.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2/5

February 13, 2001
Scott Renshaw
rec.arts.movies.reviews

Big mistake.

Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews | Original Score: 2/10

January 1, 2000
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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All in all, it's a misfire -- but a misfire that's more interesting than a lot of successes.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

January 1, 2000
Hal Hinson
Washington Post
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Stuart is a disarming figure -- likable in small doses, but fragile and not particularly adaptable.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

January 1, 2000
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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Stretched out to an agonizing ninety-seven minutes, Stuart goes from being passably amusing to tedious to virtually unwatchable.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2/4

January 1, 2000
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Director Harold Ramis and Franken, who wrote the script, do manage to give Stuart some dimension, however, and though he still seems like a skit (and shtick) character in places, he is also quite affecting.

Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 1, 2000
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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Subtly riotous.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

January 1, 2000
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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I not only enjoyed Stuart Smalley, doggone it, I liked him, and that attitude of gratitude ain't just a platitude.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

January 1, 2000
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