Stand by Me Reviews

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September 5, 2019
It's among the light sprinkling of King tales that elide the supernatural entirely. But that doesn't mean it isn't morbid...
September 26, 2013
Exquisitely captures the vulnerability not only of youth, but of the male identity.
September 26, 2013
When you are an adventure-seeker stuck in that odd transition between early youth and adolescence, few movies resonate more than "Stand by Me."
June 26, 2013
It is about the evolution of a writer, his relationship with his three closest friends and a situation that formed his talent -- and morbid fascination.
June 26, 2013
Stand by Me is a small, quiet film that walks tall and resonates long after.
June 26, 2013
Rob Reiner's bucolic, nostalgic drama is widely agreed to be one of the most successful adaptations of a story by horror master Stephen King.
June 26, 2013
Its perspective is that of a knowing adult, which is to say that though the film is frequently affectionate and funny, it contains a drop too much condescension to be entirely successful.
June 26, 2013
Gracefully blending raucous comedy with intense drama, the film is about the loss of innocence as well as the getting of wisdom.
June 26, 2013
Shawshank aside, this is the best non-horror Stephen King adaptation of the bunch.
June 26, 2013
It stands, sweet and strong, ribald, outrageous and funny, like its heroes themselves -- a bit gamy around the edges, perhaps, but pure and fine clear through. It's one of those treasures absolutely not to be missed.
June 26, 2013
Stand by Me is a film of honorable ambitions severely compromised by a creeping show-biz phoniness.
March 28, 2011
Stand By Me is a sentimental film that works because of its unsentimental moments -- in particular, its sometimes embarassingly honest portrayal of what interests boys and how they talk about it.
March 28, 2011
Well-crafted coming-of-age tale, now best remembered as the cornerstone of River Phoenix's scant legacy.
March 28, 2011
Reiner seems lost in his own cinematic wilderness -- button-down careful, almost afraid to move
March 24, 2011
...a timeless coming-of-age drama.
March 23, 2011
A near-perfect coming-of-age story peppered with regret, pain, nostalgia and love.
March 17, 2011
Good luck choking back the tears, folks.
August 5, 2009
A well-observed and executed little film.
January 29, 2009
Scripters have written inspired dialog for this quartet of plucky boys at that hard-to-capture age when they're still young enough to get scared and yet old enough to want to sneak smokes and cuss.
March 1, 2008
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