Why Stop Now? Reviews

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Richard Haridy
Quickflix
March 4, 2014
It descends into a series of mawkish, over-melodramatic scenes that are entirely unearned and often unpleasantly noisy. It's never especially funny or dramatic and leaves the viewer feeling unsure of what the filmmakers were really trying to achieve.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
September 6, 2012
First-time directors Phil Dorling and Ron Nyswaner can't find a coherent emotional tone, and the actors' energetic contortions can't keep the sinking story afloat.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Chelsey Grasso
Paste Magazine
August 23, 2012
An odd mix of blatantly comedic moments and strangely serious scenes, Why Stop Now finds itself stranded on an odd middle ground between comedy and drama.
S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media
August 21, 2012
Young man's very bad day includes drugs, swearing, more.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jordan Hoffman
ScreenCrush
August 21, 2012
The alleged comedy 'Why Stop Now' is here to prove that when it tries really, really hard to be awful it can overcome the obstacle of having a terrific cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/10
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine
August 17, 2012
Boasts such a diverse cast of recognizable faces that you have to wonder where it all went wrong..a half-hearted tale that should land with more impact than it does.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
August 17, 2012
Drug abuse stories are to Hollywood what babies are to mothers: fascinating to the talkers, not so interesting for their audiences.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
August 16, 2012
Feels trapped in the limbo between comedy and drama where many indies gamely venture, but from which few emerge with any resonance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Kirk Honeycutt
honeycuttshollywood.com
August 16, 2012
Each actor is adept at twisting a line or bit of spectacular illogic so gasps turn to laughs.
Full Review | Original Score: 7
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
August 16, 2012
As "Why Stop Now?" gathers momentum, the increasingly uneasy sensation it produces is not unlike that of being in the back seat of a speeding car whose drunken driver refuses to give up the wheel.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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August 16, 2012
Why Stop Now refuses to keep faith with its characters, to carry them as far as they can go without tying them up in a neat bow of redemption.
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
August 16, 2012
This comic drama tries too hard to serve up a slice of manic life, but Eisenberg, along with Tracy Morgan and Isiah Whitlock Jr. as the affable druggies, provides some spark.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
August 16, 2012
Jesse Eisenberg, Melissa Leo, and Tracy Morgan make an unlikely but entertaining trio in this frantic shaggy-dog story.
Matt Pais
RedEye
August 16, 2012
Fast-paced and driven by Eisenberg, again finding varying dimensions in a twitchy character that isn't a repeat of his past roles.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
August 16, 2012
It's handsome, well-paced, and nicely acted, but suffers from a fatal lack of purpose, as if Dorling and Nyswaner couldn't commit to whatever movie they wanted to make.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 16, 2012
"Why Stop Now" is a bright screwball comedy about one fraught day in the life of a piano prodigy, his crackhead mother and her drug dealers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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David Fear
Time Out
August 14, 2012
Nothing-script, performances, comedy, drama-works in the slightest.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Simon Abrams
Village Voice
August 14, 2012
An unbearable 90-minute trip with a trio of loud, needy egotists-one whose updated scenario never feels like it needs the extra 75 minutes.
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
August 13, 2012
Shifting between wacky situation comedy and somber familial drama, Why Stop Now? isn't invested enough in either mode to convincingly pull off its genre-hopping ambitions.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Kam Williams
myfilmblog
August 11, 2012
Delivers just enough laughs to remain recommended, despite the fact that this hard to pigeonhole head-scratcher would have benefited from making a total commitment to either comedy or a drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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