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Stand Up Guys Reviews

February 4, 2013
Thematic inconsistencies abound as Stevens aims for a tone somewhere between Grumpy Old Men, The Hangover, and Goodfellas.
February 2, 2013
Some actors don't need top-shelf material. Just the pleasure of their company is enough. And so Al Pacino, Christopher Walken and Alan Arkin turn the insubstantial Stand Up Guys into solid entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 1, 2013
It's just fun to watch Pacino, Walken and Arkin work together, very much enjoying the shared experience. Seeing Stand Up Guys is an offer you could easily refuse, but hey, why fight it?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 1, 2013
If you don't think Al Pacino still has it in him, this is a welcome chance to be proved wrong.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
February 1, 2013
Is it fun? Sure, some of the time. Is it good? That's a stretch. Does it tap the potential of these three actors? Fuggedaboutit.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
February 1, 2013
The degree to which "Stand Up Guys" succeeds at all is completely dependent on Walken, who elevates everything around him by seemingly doing nothing at all.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 31, 2013
Fisher Stevens directed from Noah Haidle's script, which is obviously the work of a young writer.
January 31, 2013
It's been a long time since a movie wasted as much talent as Stand Up Guys, a film that aims to be a geezer Goodfellas but whose execution is a misfire.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
January 31, 2013
Makes its way under your skin thanks to its three lead actors, all of whom have a way of bringing a uniquely weirdly spin to their not-so-tough-guy lines.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
January 31, 2013
I can't argue that performers the stature of Pacino, Walken and Arkin don't deserve better material, yet it's so nice to have them onscreen together I'm in no mood to quibble.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
January 31, 2013
Actor-turned-director Fisher Stevens gravely misjudges the tone - when he isn't trying to get too cute about everything, he slathers his characters in unearned sentimentality.
January 31, 2013
"Stand Up Guys" is mostly a string of low-key, almost-amusing chats over breakfast tables and pool tables, as if just watching these actors exhale should be entertaining enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 31, 2013
Elegiac and corny and not really convincing on any level ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 31, 2013
It's like watching your grandfather get naked on YouTube.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
January 31, 2013
In the end Stevens, probably wisely, just gets out of the way and lets the old guys have a ball.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 31, 2013
An excruciating and melodramatic comedy.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
January 31, 2013
For a worthier project, we'd gladly contribute to these legends' retirement funds, but a shaky scam like "Stand Up Guys" isn't even worth the price of an early bird special.
January 31, 2013
There is a sense that everyone, this treasure trove of talent included, is waiting for something to happen, some bit of alchemy that will make the story coalesce into a whole and take it beyond the jokes about Viagra, hookers and regrets.
January 31, 2013
Arkin in particular can barely hide his lack of enthusiasm for the material. Some of the looks he shoots his co-stars appear to contain a secret code of some kind, deciphered as: 'Well, at least I'm in 'Argo.'"
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
January 31, 2013
Stand Up Guys is the sitcom Mikey & Nicky no one asked for.
Full Review | Original Score: D
January 31, 2013
Sometimes it's all about the casting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 30, 2013
Stand Up Guys reminds you that these three are still way too good to collapse into shticky self-parody, even when they're in a movie that's practically begging them to.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
January 29, 2013
There's enough humor and tenderness in Fisher Stevens' film to make it a passably enjoyable experience for the most part.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 22, 2013
A mildly raunchy, modestly entertaining geriatric comedy starring Al Pacino, Christopher Walken and Alan Arkin as retired gangsters who reunite for one last night on the town.
December 14, 2012
Really, what do the actors have to work with here? The movie isn't funny enough to allow them to burlesque their images, or serious enough to give them a way to reflect upon them ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 14, 2012
Painful, misshapen and a little gross. It's an enlarged prostate of a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
December 13, 2012
Despite some predictable predicaments - and the inevitable Viagra joke - the film is clever in the way it deals with the high cost of mob connections and the even higher cost of old age.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 13, 2012
Most of the modest pleasures are in the ways the men expertly play off one another and invest their shallow characters with more depth than any filmmaker could reasonably expect.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
December 13, 2012
Pacino - embracing painful Viagra jokes with abrasive, motor-mouthed energy - either needs better gigs or stronger guidance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
December 12, 2012
It's a pity because there's a good movie in "Stand Up Guys" somewhere.
Full Review | Original Score: C
December 11, 2012
This moronically unfunny gangster comedy fluctuates wildly between the lowest-of-low humor and pity-the-aged-man pathos, and offers further evidence that the best days are behind its iconic cast members.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
December 11, 2012
It plays out like you would fear.
October 12, 2012
Veering between buddy movie and action-thriller, Stand Up Guys is a mildly raunchy, modestly entertaining geriatric comedy.
October 12, 2012
Standout performances from Pacino, Walken and Arkin as old-timers prove that losing a step can't keep you off your feet.