As "Why Stop Now?" gathers momentum, the increasingly uneasy sensation it produces is not unlike that of being in the back seat of a speeding car whose drunken driver refuses to give up the wheel.
Stephen Holden - New York Times
An unbearable 90-minute trip with a trio of loud, needy egotists-one whose updated scenario never feels like it needs the extra 75 minutes.
Simon Abrams - Village Voice
This comic drama tries too hard to serve up a slice of manic life, but Eisenberg, along with Tracy Morgan and Isiah Whitlock Jr. as the affable druggies, provides some spark.
Joe Neumaier - New York Daily News
"Why Stop Now" is a bright screwball comedy about one fraught day in the life of a piano prodigy, his crackhead mother and her drug dealers.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
Jesse Eisenberg, Melissa Leo, and Tracy Morgan make an unlikely but entertaining trio in this frantic shaggy-dog story.
J. R. Jones - Chicago Reader
First-time directors Phil Dorling and Ron Nyswaner can't find a coherent emotional tone, and the actors' energetic contortions can't keep the sinking story afloat.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
Drug abuse stories are to Hollywood what babies are to mothers: fascinating to the talkers, not so interesting for their audiences.
Kyle Smith - New York Post
Feels trapped in the limbo between comedy and drama where many indies gamely venture, but from which few emerge with any resonance.
Robert Abele - Los Angeles Times
An odd mix of blatantly comedic moments and strangely serious scenes, Why Stop Now finds itself stranded on an odd middle ground between comedy and drama.
Chelsey Grasso - Paste Magazine
The alleged comedy 'Why Stop Now' is here to prove that when it tries really, really hard to be awful it can overcome the obstacle of having a terrific cast.
Jordan Hoffman - ScreenCrush
Young man's very bad day includes drugs, swearing, more.
S. Jhoanna Robledo - Common Sense Media
Boasts such a diverse cast of recognizable faces that you have to wonder where it all went wrong..a half-hearted tale that should land with more impact than it does.
Marshall Fine - Hollywood & Fine
Each actor is adept at twisting a line or bit of spectacular illogic so gasps turn to laughs.
Kirk Honeycutt - honeycuttshollywood.com
Fast-paced and driven by Eisenberg, again finding varying dimensions in a twitchy character that isn't a repeat of his past roles.
Matt Pais - RedEye
Why Stop Now refuses to keep faith with its characters, to carry them as far as they can go without tying them up in a neat bow of redemption.
Ella Taylor - NPR
It's handsome, well-paced, and nicely acted, but suffers from a fatal lack of purpose, as if Dorling and Nyswaner couldn't commit to whatever movie they wanted to make.
Scott Tobias - AV Club
Nothing-script, performances, comedy, drama-works in the slightest.
David Fear - Time Out New York
Shifting between wacky situation comedy and somber familial drama, Why Stop Now? isn't invested enough in either mode to convincingly pull off its genre-hopping ambitions.
Andrew Schenker - Slant Magazine
Delivers just enough laughs to remain recommended, despite the fact that this hard to pigeonhole head-scratcher would have benefited from making a total commitment to either comedy or a drama.
Kam Williams - myfilmblog
Isn't very funny or poignant, drifting somewhere in between while the actors make the best out of a lackluster storytelling situation.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com