Grumpy Old Men
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This cheerful holiday comedy, a surprise box office smash, featured a generous dollop of raunchy, crude humor and was greatly elevated by the presence of masterful performers in the lead roles. Jack Lemmon is John Gustafson, an ice-fishing Minnesota native who has been feuding with his neighbor and former best friend Max Goldman (Walter Matthau) for decades. The battle of wills between John and Max is characterized by crude name calling and harmless practical jokes. Max is unaware that John is having serious problems, chiefly that his daughter Melanie (Daryl Hannah) is experiencing marital… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 65%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon are awfully good at this sort of thing."
‑ Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine
"While it won't come close to my top 10 best list for 1993, it will be right up there among the pictures that I had the most fun watching."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"So-so comedy with insults, sexual humor. No kid appeal."
‑ Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media
"Irresistible...the prime hams and real-life friends share comic timing that can only come from years of experience. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"Though supported by a stellar ensemble running the gamut of their seriocomic paces, it's not enough to distract viewers from script holes large enough to drive a snowplow through."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Mediocre, regrettably."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"The movie is too pat and practiced to really be convincing, and the progress of Ariel's relationships with the two grumps seems dictated mostly by the needs of the screenplay."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"the real reason this movie works is the fantastic, decades-honed chemistry of Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau"
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"...sort of a one-note picture, but luckily that one note is often pretty humorous."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"[Lemmon and Matthau] made much worse in the next few years."
‑ , Film4
"Just don't expect their bickering to be on the level of Neil Simon, and you won't be disappointed."
‑ Caryn James, New York Times
"If you poke through Grumpy's cheap sentimentality, you'll find a worthy picture somewhere."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"A funny, often hilarious, film that proves that a story doesn't need to be completely new just as long as there's a spin on it to make it different."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Movie Views
"What ruins the fun is the prattling need for structure outside the central rivalry"
‑ Chris Cabin,
"A raucous geezer comedy that contains several hilarious moments where you're laughing well into the next scene."
‑ Chuck O'Leary, Fantastica Daily
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