Stand by Me Reviews

June 26, 2013
Stand by Me is a small, quiet film that walks tall and resonates long after.
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
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
Reiner seems lost in his own cinematic wilderness -- button-down careful, almost afraid to move
March 17, 2011
Good luck choking back the tears, folks.
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.
Top Critic
February 9, 2006
The film is so well-observed and so energetically acted by its young cast that mawkishness is kept at bay.
August 30, 2004
Rob Reiner's direction hammers in every obvious element in an obvious script.
January 1, 1800
It's as effective in 2009 as it was upon its initial release, and the richness of its tapestry, densely woven from human emotions and character interaction, ensure it will never lose that relevance.