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The Sunshine Boys Reviews

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Renee Schonfeld
Common Sense Media
July 15, 2014
Aging comics sparkle, swear, and spar in Neil Simon farce.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
October 22, 2013
Great chemistry between the two great comic leads and some pretty decent one-liners but this doesn't manage to hold together as a feature-length concept.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

TV Guide
October 22, 2013
One of the best films ever made from a Neil Simon play.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Emanuel Levy
August 13, 2010
Herbert Ross' version of Neil Simon's Broadway production is still a play--verbose and repetitious at that--but it's well acted by Walter Matthau and George Burns (who won an Oscar) as the two cranky vet vaudevillians.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
April 2, 2010
It's generally an appealing and witty film because the leads are outstanding as cranks.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Variety Staff
March 26, 2009
The Sunshine Boys is an extremely sensitive and lovable film version of Neil Simon's play, with Walter Matthau and George Burns outstanding in their starring roles as a pair of long-hostile vaudeville partners.
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 9, 2005
Mr. Matthau is so good playing old men, we may never know when he finally becomes one.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

May 24, 2003
Ross directs indulgently and no one seems to have noticed the sound of the voices, as though the participants had their hearing aids switched off.
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
April 30, 2003
Matthau delivers one of the great comedic performances, and Simon feeds him one killer quip after another.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Christopher Null
May 30, 2001
The movie itself is a bit lackluster (clever dialogue, but it really goes on and on and on...).
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
Neil Simon's most irritating play is no less agonizing on the screen under Herbert Ross's sycophantic direction.
Cole Smithey
December 2, 2007
| Original Score: 4/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
January 14, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Randy Shulman
Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
June 6, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
April 30, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
February 22, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
January 31, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
November 17, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
August 22, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
February 14, 2003
| Original Score: 2/5
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