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  • 63
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    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. show more

  • 100
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    The thing most people will take away from Stand Up Guys is that it contains Al Pacino's best performance in years. So if you don't think Al Pacino still has it in him, this is a welcome chance to be proved wrong. But here's something interesting. Stand Up Guys also contains Christopher Walken's best performance in years. In addition, the film is extraordinarily well cast, and the acting, even in the smaller roles, is more than noteworthy. show more

  • 38
    Scott Bowles USA Today

    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. show more

  • 30
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    It's long on Viagra jokes and whorehouse scenes, and comes up short on plausibility. show more

  • 50
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Elegiac and corny and not really convincing on any level (especially when it comes to its treatment of women - be they hookers, or waitresses, or girls on the town), Stand Up Guys nonetheless holds some fascination just for the off-the-charts affectedness of Pacino's performance. show more

  • 40
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    The script is undernourished, the supporting characters - including a horribly miscast Lucy Punch - ill-conceived, and Val increasingly hard to take. But when the movie ended, I wanted to watch Walken all over again. show more

  • 70
    The Hollywood Reporter

    Stand Up Guys never wobbles into maudlin or cheap-n-easy sentimentality. It is an entertaining yet sobering portrayal of not-so-wise guys who do not go gently into a no-good night. show more

  • 30
    Scott Tobias NPR

    Stevens wants to honor the living legends who have miraculously agreed to appear in his movie, but after spending a full hour treating their characters like cartoons, the about-face into heartfelt slop lacks the necessary gravitas. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Sometimes it's all about the casting. The notice of a screening came around, I read the names Al Pacino, Christopher Walken and Alan Arkin, and it didn't matter in a way what the movie was about - although it didn't hurt that it was a crime movie. show more

  • 63
    Slant Magazine

    Fails to plumb the dramatic depths of its setups, but every now and then the actors pick up the slack, filling in the blanks with three decades's worth of mythic resonance. show more

  • May 27, 2013 ue00000000151614
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    I love anything Chris Walken is acting in...and Al Pacino is great too. The movie was funny and sad--and the theme has been done before--BUT not with these guys. Love watching old actors doing their thing!

  • February 19, 2013 lp00000000138402
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    TERRIBLE! I was shocked at just how bad it was.

  • February 10, 2013 uu00000000062961
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    Great movie !! Yeah some of the lines were corny, but the delivery by these veterans became secondary to the script. This movie evokes all the emotions...comedy, saddness, and intrige. If you understand the proces of aging, it will thug at your heart

  • February 10, 2013 tecla55
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    awesome movie for anyone who knows wiseguys. They nailed it.

  • February 10, 2013 lorettas149
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    Good acting

  • February 07, 2013 alpheusbrown
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    Worst movie I have seen in years. Don\'t waste your money.

  • February 06, 2013 gaga1996
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    I thoroughly enjoyed it. Real feel good movie. Four stars.

  • February 04, 2013 neil f. sharp
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    movie was really good considering that they are all over the hill like me. it probably won\'t get the big audience but if you get a chance to see pros in action, go see it. all three had great roles. more power to the older generation. we still have it !

  • February 03, 2013 mikesmutt
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    Oh, how this could have been a great movie---a lot of good scenes but the pacing throughout the movie was poor---still worth seeing--- B- grade

  • February 03, 2013 bammit3
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    Worth seeing to watch the amazing timing and interplay between these three amazing veteran actors.

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