Stan & Ollie Reviews

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February 22, 2019
It's a film made with an enormous amount of care and affection. And Coogan and O'Reilly don't just perform. They resurrect.
January 31, 2019
As well as bringing their individual characters to life, Coogan and Reilly lovingly recreate Laurel and Hardy's signature routines.
January 27, 2019
[T]his one is worthwhile viewing, no matter how lightly it might tread.
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.
January 25, 2019
"Stan & Ollie" has plenty to say about the things that bring us together, and the things that keep us together.
January 23, 2019
When it's not trying too hard, "Stan & Ollie" is itself a sweetly charming good time.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
January 13, 2019
A film that plasters a soppy rictus across one's face from first frame to last belongs to its leads. Their beguilingly natural performances betray no hint of the monumental effort required for these perfect recreations.
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.
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.
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.
January 8, 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.
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.
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.
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