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.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
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.
Stephen Holden - New York Times
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.
Scott Bowles - USA Today
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.
Ann Hornaday - Washington Post
It's like watching your grandfather get naked on YouTube.
Ty Burr - Boston Globe
It plays out like you would fear.
Alan Scherstuhl - Village Voice
Pacino - embracing painful Viagra jokes with abrasive, motor-mouthed energy - either needs better gigs or stronger guidance.
Elizabeth Weitzman - New York Daily News
Fisher Stevens directed from Noah Haidle's script, which is obviously the work of a young writer.
Joe Morgenstern - Wall Street Journal
Sometimes it's all about the casting.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
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.'"
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
Thematic inconsistencies abound as Stevens aims for a tone somewhere between Grumpy Old Men, The Hangover, and Goodfellas.
Drew Hunt - Chicago Reader
Elegiac and corny and not really convincing on any level ...
Steven Rea - Philadelphia Inquirer
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.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
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.
Tom Long - Detroit News
In the end Stevens, probably wisely, just gets out of the way and lets the old guys have a ball.
Bill Goodykoontz - Arizona Republic
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.
Alissa Simon - Variety
Veering between buddy movie and action-thriller, Stand Up Guys is a mildly raunchy, modestly entertaining geriatric comedy.
Rob Nelson - Variety
Painful, misshapen and a little gross. It's an enlarged prostate of a movie.
Kyle Smith - New York Post
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?
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
It's a pity because there's a good movie in "Stand Up Guys" somewhere.
Jordan Hoffman - Film.com
Standout performances from Pacino, Walken and Arkin as old-timers prove that losing a step can't keep you off your feet.
Duane Byrge - Hollywood Reporter
There's enough humor and tenderness in Fisher Stevens' film to make it a passably enjoyable experience for the most part.
Christy Lemire - Associated Press
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.
Mary F. Pols - TIME Magazine
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.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
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.
Betsy Sharkey - Los Angeles Times
The pace is too slack, the gags too tired and the plot too hackneyed for the film to be more than fitfully engaging for all but die-hard Pacino and Walken fans.
Jason Best - Movie Talk
Thanks to Al Pacino, Christopher Walken, and Alan Arkin - mostly just for being charismatic old pros who are fun to hang out with - Stand Up Guys is watchable, occasionally amusing, not altogether insufferable.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
A messy script isn't enough to undermine these clever veteran actors, who manage to make the most of the humour, drama and action without ever losing their dignity.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
Stand Up Guys probably won't appeal to anyone whose father hasn't got friends of pensionable age.
Graham Young - Birmingham Mail
It's depressing to see the likes of Pacino reduced to making erectile dysfunction jokes, more so when the film labours the gag by having him overdose on Viagra.
Alistair Harkness - Scotsman
Viagra is consumed, erections wrestled, old scores settled - blah blah blah.
Mark Kermode - Observer [UK]
There's sharp dialogue and the odd, startling moment of emotional intimacy scattered amidst the dreck; enough to make this a solidly entertaining couple of hours if you try resolutely not to think about it too hard.
Emma Dibdin - Digital Spy
Frankly, if you put Al Pacino, Christopher Walken and Alan Arkin in your movie, you don't really need to worry about the script: we'd happily watch them do just about anything on-screen.
Rich Cline - Contactmusic.com
Think what they might have achieved with better material.
Allan Hunter - Daily Express
An initially promising, increasingly glutinous buddy comedy that exploits and squanders the talents of its starry cast.
Charlotte O'Sullivan - This is London
Even when Walken, Pacino, and Arkin are phoning it in - on a rotary phone - they still earn their status as icons.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
With a little bit of chutzpah and a fistful of Viagra, the tough guys of yesteryear can still come staggering back to make a decent movie.
A rewarding mash-up of Last of the Summer Wine and Goodfellas.
Tim Evans - Sky Movies
You'd think that septuagenarians Al Pacino and Christopher Walken would still have enough self-respect left in the tank to steer clear of debacles like this.
Curtis Woloschuk - Total Film
All three acting legends bring the spice to a sub-par story. But, the total is not enough to keep this flick from stinking.
Paul Chambers - Movie Chambers
There's much entertainment ... in watching a trio of great actors in the twilight of their careers, at work with a strong script.
John Serba - MLive.com
Stand Up Guys is very much an old man's film, but Stevens just about delivers the performances that its ageing audience demands.
Eddie Harrison - The List
It's hardly great, but it's refreshingly old school.
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
There's something about Stand Up Guys that's both brilliant and poignant.
Leland Montgomery - Paste Magazine
...to watch Al Pacino overact with such a deficient script and lackluster directing is agony no moviegoer should be required to endure.
Tony Medley - Tolucan Times
One of the tiredest movies ever associated with those three actors.
Kelly Vance - East Bay Express
Stevens' second feature proves unexpectedly thoughtful and affecting, thanks in large part to virtuoso interplay between its leads.
Rick Kisonak - Film Threat
There are no real surprises and not a lot of drama in Stand Up Guys, but since the actors not delivering the goods are septuagenarians Christopher Walken, Al Pacino and Alan Arkin, you're in for a show nonetheless.
Chris Knight - National Post
For a film about coming to terms with death, Stand Up Guys is funnier than you might expect, and never once sinks into sentimental treacle.
Perry Seibert - TV Guide's Movie Guide
Throw in Alan Arkin and this would seem to be a promising premise, but the dialogue didn't click and the film just meanders through it's one evening.
Kristian Harloff - Schmoes Know
If it wasn't for the talent on screen I may have been bored by this, but hey, you hired these guys for a reason, right?
Mark Ellis - Schmoes Know
The film moves at a geriatric pace to match the age of the protagonists and the target audience.
Todd Jorgenson - Cinemalogue.com
Wobbly and contrived: given that cast, it could have and should have been so much better.
Susan Granger - SSG Syndicate
There's not much to the story beyond its thin conceit, so the filmmaker relies on his stars' charms. Even when it comes to Oscar winners, that approach only gets you so far.
Robert Levin - amNewYork
A thoughtful little buddy caper comedy that wisely exploits the audience's natural affection for its aging stars.
Alison Gang - San Diego Union-Tribune
Predictability in a film is a major offense, but the real crime in "Stand Up Guys" is the squandering of the talented cast assembled.
Jeanne Kaplan - Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Cycles through too many haphazard and improbable set-ups to amount to anything more than a collection of signed offer sheets in search of a movie.
Brent Simon - Screen International
It's Walken's deadpan style vs. Pacino's bombastic, loud, often obnoxious behavior, but it works for me.
David Kaplan - Kaplan vs. Kaplan
The awfulness of the narrative is plain to see, and yet...no one can say Stand Up Guys lacks personality.
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
Stand Up Guys needs a Grumpy Old Men-ectomy, stat.
Christian Toto - Big Hollywood
If you don't think Al Pacino still has it in him, this is a welcome chance to be proved wrong.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
Stand Up Guys gets caught up in stereotypical old-timer laughs but its principal cast shakes them off and ultimately makes the experience fulfilling.
Sandy Schaefer - ScreenRant
Not since Pacino squared off against Robert De Niro in Righteous Kill has a single movie so thoroughly blasphemed a set of Acting Gods.
Ethan Alter - Television Without Pity
Noah Haidle's screenplay doesn't offer many surprises, but every scene is imbued with a flavor that only actors of this caliber-and history-can provide.
Leonard Maltin - Leonard Maltin's Picks
Not a great movie, but it's fun to watch Pacino and Walken make an effort.
Rich Heldenfels - Akron Beacon Journal
Al Pacino's chemically-induced boner that has to be drained with a needle in the first act is a nice metaphor for the whole movie.
Vincent Mancini - FilmDrunk
Wasting such talent should be considered criminal. (Full Content Review for Parents also available)
Jim Judy - Screen It!
Reminds us Hollywood rarely turns out actors like this anymore.
Diana Saenger - ReviewExpress.com
The script is clunky, the story is contrived -- but old pros Walken and Pacino are an absolute pleasure to watch working together.
Mike Scott - Times-Picayune
A small film featuring three wily, veteran screen thespians in a storyline based in loyalty and friendship, Stand Up Guys is, in its offbeat and often warm way, a killer little movie.
John Wirt - Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
The movie is all over the place in terms of tone and only finds something resembling honesty when it drops the embarrassing shtick of crude comedy and lost-glory adventuring.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
No movie starring Pacino, Walken and Arkin can be all bad -- and Stand Up Guys isn't
Robert Denerstein - Movie Habit
If actor-turned-director Fisher Stevens pushes the geriatric comedy too hard at times, at others he's wise to lay back and let the actors just work.
Rob Thomas - Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Considering the cast there are moments to be sure (Pacino's one note performance doesn't offer any of them), and the film is a real calling card for young Addison Timlin...but for most of its running time, "Stand Up Guys" is positively enervating.
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
The movie from director Fisher Stevens echoes much of the visual stylings of the pulpy noir of the 1990s set in Los Angeles, but the story, which lacks any adrenaline, ambles about, never quite hooking the audience.
Matthew Odam - Austin American-Statesman
With these legendary dudes on duty, this otherwise dark and dingy movie has some geriatric electricity to turn the lights on.
Bruce Kirkland - Jam! Movies
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.
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
A huge mess, lurching through jarring shifts in tone and never really succeeding in any of them.
Stephen Silver - EntertainmentTell
Pacino, Walken, and Arkin show their vitality and know-how in the face of their mortality and the pure joy of performing in the knowledge that they are better than ever.
Nell Minow - Beliefnet
Clearly, neither writer Noah Haidle nor director Fisher Stevens knows what he's doing but they do, at least, appear to realize how lucky they are to have three old pros in their leading roles.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
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.
Scott Tobias - NPR
Even the most talented, celebrated actors offer the same caveat as a mutual fund ad: past performance is no guarantee of future results.
Marc Mohan - Oregonian
"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.
Rafer Guzman - Newsday
An excruciating and melodramatic comedy.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
The forced humor, manufactured angst...and retread dialog make "Stand Up Guys" a disappointment and a waste of some great talent.
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
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.
Joe Williams - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
There's far too much meandering here for it to make much of an impact. If [Heidle] had buckled down and concentrated on the most important element of the story, he really could have had an intriguing character study.
Jeff Beck - Examiner.com
Stand Up Guys is the sitcom Mikey & Nicky no one asked for.
Nathan Rabin - AV Club
But if you're in the mood to see a movie -- any movie -- featuring Pacino, Walken and Arkin, well ... here it is.
Alonso Duralde - MSNBC
The old man and the Cialis.
Matt Pais - RedEye
Just because "Stand Up Guys" is not very good is no reason not to see it.
Duane Dudek - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Kudos to both the ensemble and Stevens for crafting something fun and unique out of a pretty tired concept.
Mostly baffling with a handful of bright moments, Stand Up Guys is a bust that doesn't know when to quit. In fact, it doesn't really know when to start either.
Brian Orndorf - Blu-ray.com
Guys has the lax, sleep-deprived vibe of one of those end-of-the-show "experimental" sketches on Saturday Night Live.
Leah Churner - Austin Chronicle
Has Al Pacino ever looked so small?
Brett Michel - Boston Phoenix
I will continue to hold out hope for a good Pacino/Walken team-up in the future, but with writing this rote and unremarkable, Stand Up Guys is just as flaccid as its main character's penis.
Jonathan Lack - We Got This Covered
The movie is a star vehicle for Pacino, Walken & Arkin but this instance, it works terrifically.
Kirk Honeycutt - honeycuttshollywood.com
A clever concept squandered on a mediocre screenplay and an inexperienced director.
Cameron Meier - Orlando Weekly
The waste of talent is criminal..the movie equivalent of shooting a man in Reno, just to watch him die..a long journey into night that will leave you dazed.
Marshall Fine - Hollywood & Fine
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
A fine cast stumbles and falls and never quite gets back up again.
For those in step with Stand Up Guys' hokey comedy, there is a lot to enjoy.
Max Nicholson - IGN Movies
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 ...
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
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.
Abhimanyu Das - Slant Magazine
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.
Keith Uhlich - Time Out
Christopher Walken, Al Pacino, and Alan Arkin play the film's three flamboyant leading characters with a tacit admission that the tongue-in-cheek crime drama at hand reflects the disappearance of their own group of iconic actors.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com