Danny Collins (2015)

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Critic Consensus: Thanks to Al Pacino's stirring central performance - and excellent work from an esteemed supporting cast -- Danny Collins manages to overcome its more predictable and heavy-handed moments to deliver a heartfelt tale of redemption.

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Al Pacino stars as aging 1970s rocker Danny Collins, who can't give up his hard-living ways. But when his manager (Christopher Plummer) uncovers a 40 year-old undelivered letter written to him by John Lennon, he decides to change course and embarks on a heartfelt journey to rediscover his family, find true love and begin a second act. -- (C) Bleecker Street Media
Rating:
R (for language, drug use and some nudity)
Genre:
Comedy , Drama , Musical & Performing Arts
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In Theaters:
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Cast

Al Pacino
as Danny Collins
Annette Bening
as Mary Sinclair
Jennifer Garner
as Samantha Leigh Donnelly
Bobby Cannavale
as Tom Donnelly
Christopher Plummer
as Frank Grubman
Katarina Cas
as Sophie
Giselle Eisenberg
as Hope Donnelly
Josh Peck
as Nicky Ernst
Scott Lawrence
as Dr. Ryan Kurz
Michael Patrick McGill
as Neighbor Steve
Nick Offerman
as Guy DeLoach
Eric Schneider
as Young Danny Collins
Davide Donatiello
as Young Danny Collins
Eric Lange
as Dr. Silverman
Aarti Mann
as Nurse
Joshua Sternlicht
as Josh the Bartender
Travis Johns
as Roadie
Tim Jo
as Tim
Hiroshi Morotomi
as Autograph Seeker
Margy Stein
as Hotel Bar Patron
Hiroshi Moroto
as Autograph Seeker
Eric Daniel Newnham
as Hotel Bar Patron
Francine Levinson
as Night Club Fan
Hal Alpert
as Night Club Fan
Henri C. Wittelsohn
as Night Club Fan
Patrick Kudej
as Chime in Magazine Intern
Carmel Echols
as Danny's Background Singer
Judith Hill
as Danny's Background Singer
Kari Kimmel
as Danny's Background Singer
Don Was
as Danny's Band
C.J. Vanston
as Danny's Band
Kenny Aronoff
as Danny's Band
Tim Pierce
as Danny's Band
Mindi Abair
as Danny's Band
Bill Cantos
as Danny's Band
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Critic Reviews for Danny Collins

All Critics (122) | Top Critics (36)

One of the things that partly excuses the movie's mush is that it's a kind of musical.

Full Review… | April 9, 2015
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Danny Collins is the cinematic equivalent of a well-sung easy rock tune, enjoyably light and bouncy, with some darker notes hidden within the chords.

Full Review… | April 9, 2015
Detroit News
Top Critic

For his directorial debut, Fogelman puts all the right people together, and what's more, gets a performance out of Pacino that's one of his best-ever comic turns.

Full Review… | April 9, 2015
Toronto Sun
Top Critic

Pacino's exuberance rescues Dan Fogelman's directing debut from the schematic snares in Fogelman's script.

Full Review… | April 9, 2015
Newsday
Top Critic

It's never dull to watch pros like Pacino, Bening, Plummer, Garner and Cannavale interact - this is dream casting - and the film makes the most of that, along with a pleasingly comprehensive Lennon soundtrack.

Full Review… | April 9, 2015
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Comedy, pathos, and some schmaltzy couplets about the changing seasons follow forthwith.

Full Review… | April 2, 2015
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Danny Collins

Inspired by a true story, Danny Collins is a fun comedy that delivers some good laughs. After receiving a letter from John Lennon 37 years late, washed up rock star Danny Collins decides to make some changes to his life, and begins by reconnecting with his estranged son; which lead him to start to write music again. Starring Al Pacino, Annette Bening, Bobby Cannavale, and Jennifer Garner, the film has a solid cast. However, the plot's a little formulaic; with all the standard tropes about fallen rock stars and estranged fathers and sons. Yet they kind of work, and made for some touching moments. While it may want for originality, Danny Collins an entertaining and heartfelt film about second chances.

Dann Michalski
Dann Michalski

Super Reviewer

½

"Danny Collins" has Al Pacino at his best in years as the title role, and boy did I not expect this movie to be so great. I have seen biopics about rockstars of the past before and most of them turn out to be a little pretentious and overdone, but not this picture. Filled with wit, heart, real human drama, and a lot of love, "Danny Collins" is a terrific film. I do wish the film explored a little more of him personally, rather than his sons family, but that is me just being nit-picky. This is a terrific film from start to finish, filled with great music and superb performances all around. I really believed Bobby Carnavale as Al Pacino's son in this film. "Danny Collins" is one of the most heartwarming stories of 2015, and Al Pacino deserves every bit of praise he is receiving for his portrayal of Mr. Collins. This film moved me.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

A real crowd-pleaser. A beautifully crafted and handsomely performed film. Al Pacino gives one of his best performances in years. A true star in top form delivering humor and charm.

Al S
Al S

Super Reviewer

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