Stan & Ollie Reviews

April 30, 2019
The film is more interested in hitting the plot points mostly derived out of location, than giving the audience a real sense of who these men were.
February 22, 2019
Baird's vaguely iffy comedic drama is unusual as it dwells upon the beloved comedy duo when they were older, bitterer and poorer.
January 28, 2019
In Coogan and Reilly's performances, one senses a richness that never makes it to the screen, and hints of a better story that's left untold.
January 25, 2019
A premise so crackpot it's impossible to believe that one of its 17 credited producers didn't pull the director aside and slap him with a tuna.
January 23, 2019
The experience of watching it is such a mild one that you wonder why it was made at all.
January 23, 2019
The determined miserablism here extends to a syrupy orchestral score which has the effect of having Stan and Ollie's own sweet, Hawaiian-tinged numbers sound upbeat by contrast.
January 18, 2019
The message seems to be that these comedy greats deserved better.
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.
January 9, 2019
A workmanlike and entirely unremarkable biopic that fails to match the strengths of its two central performances.
December 28, 2018
Despite boffo performances it's deplorable judgment to make a film that ignores how they became so hugely successful for the generations who don't know much about them.
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 25, 2018
Had it more wits, I'd call it cynical, but it's too lifeless to even be that.
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.
October 22, 2018
You can help but feel that the film almost damages Laurel and Hardy's comic legacy.
October 22, 2018
The final result of this film by Jon S. Baird is the impression of a passion project but a failure to be anything more than formulaic.