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Stan & Ollie Reviews

January 27, 2019
[T]his one is worthwhile viewing, no matter how lightly it might tread.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 26, 2019
It's a modest film, but a very good one, and by the end I was quite moved by its valiant belief in decency and in the duo's eternal appeal.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 24, 2019
"Stan & Ollie" has plenty to say about the things that bring us together, and the things that keep us together.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
January 23, 2019
When it's not trying too hard, "Stan & Ollie" is itself a sweetly charming good time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 22, 2019
A rueful and respectful tribute that stands on its own because of the extraordinary performances of Steve Coogan as Stan and John C. Reilly as Ollie.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
January 18, 2019
For a movie focused on two of the most influential performers in comedy history, it feels like an especially cruel joke - and not even the punchiness of its two stars can help the thing land.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 18, 2019
I'm nuts about Laurel and Hardy, but the folks behind the bioflick "Stan & Ollie" clearly adore them more. Blame that love on creating a nice mess.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 17, 2019
Coogan and Reilly perform the alchemist's feat of turning lead into gold, finessing all the trademark details - Laurel's puzzled head-scratching, Hardy's flirtatious tie-flipping, the duo's adorable dance moves - with skill and affection.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 16, 2019
"Stan & Ollie..." has allowed viewers to understand what made their characters so great, and so beloved, in a film that magnanimously invites us into a world no less recognizable for being almost entirely erased.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 11, 2019
[D]on't expect a comprehensive look into their careers or how they became famous. Instead, director Jon S. Baird tackles the heart of their relationship.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
January 10, 2019
Thanks to the subtle brilliance of Reilly and Coogan, even someone who's never heard of Laurel and Hardy would likely see how magical these two were together.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 9, 2019
Baird seems to have an instinctive grasp that the best course of action would be to trust his performers. Well played, sir.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 7, 2019
It's valedictory, with a sense of the ephemeral nature of life, the inevitability of regret, and the bittersweetness of looking back on past happiness.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Top Critic
January 7, 2019
It is aided immeasurably by the triumphant performances of the two stars, Steve Coogan as Stan and John C. Reilly as Ollie, who manage to avoid caricature while giving 150 percent of themselves from first to final reel.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 4, 2019
The real head-scratcher is how such an endearingly modest, gentle film can say so much with such eloquence about a professional partnership... about the mysterious business of being funny; and about the toll taken by the passage of time.
December 29, 2018
The film depends... on its stars. Both, you can tell, have studied their respective masters with scrupulous care, and the results of their pupillage are plain to see.
December 29, 2018
It's a little disappointing to see a film whose tight focus seems tailor-made to free it from the constraints of the genre color so vehemently inside the lines. Inside those lines, though, the colors are remarkable.
December 28, 2018
An ode to friendship, it's something no one who has ever laughed at the pair should miss.
Top Critic
December 27, 2018
It strives for a middlebrow respectability that it's doomed to achieve, a platform for actors who deserve better.
December 27, 2018
Reilly and Coogan dig into this old-school style, whistling a happy tune, dancing at a saloon, peeling a hard-boiled egg. It's simple stuff, but 65 years later, it still holds up.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 27, 2018
"Stan & Ollie," the story of the bittersweet final bow of legendary duo Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, should move and delight fans of the beloved performers while enjoyably exposing the less initiated to these comedy giants.
December 27, 2018
The clichés are there, but its heart beats loud enough for us to embrace and forgive them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 27, 2018
Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly deliver dynamite performances that capture the expressions and physicality of the star comedians without ever descending into caricature.
December 26, 2018
It is simply terrific - an understated but smartly told crowd-pleaser about the legendary comedy duo in their last act, with wonderful production value, a sharp and surprisingly poignant script and brilliant performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 26, 2018
The toll that show business takes on such relationships and on Laurel and Hardy's relationship with each other is never hit on the head, but feels real nevertheless.
December 24, 2018
The film is sentimental, a bit schmaltzy, but it's an affecting behind-the-curtain look at a strained showbiz marriage that fans never got a chance to see.
Full Review | Original Score: B
December 21, 2018
It's a love song played in a minor key, and it leaves an unexpectedly lingering impression.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 19, 2018
Anyone unfamiliar with Laurel and Hardy would be better off enjoying the real thing in Sons Of The Desert or Way Out West.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
October 21, 2018
It has a persuasive feel for this twilight of the comedy gods.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 21, 2018
If nothing else, this agreeable period piece provides a good case for many retrospectives to come.
Full Review | Original Score: B
October 21, 2018
Even if it only occasionally provokes big laughs, this sweet, small film makes you smile most of the way through, which may be a more uncommon feat.
Top Critic
October 21, 2018
If a couple of labored gags around hauling luggage don't fully land, that rather proves how much more art went into Laurel and Hardy's craft than they ever chose to let on.
October 21, 2018
It's a story about the serious side of comedians that never indulges in sad-clown sentimentality. And it intelligently explores the limitations of working partnerships in a way that neither canonizes nor excoriates its famous subjects.