Stand by Me
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Based on the Stephen King short story The Body, Rob Reiner's easygoing nostalgia piece is set in Castle Rock, OR, over Labor Day weekend, 1959. A quartet of boys, inseparable friends all, set out in search of a dead body that one of the boys overhears his brother talking about. The foursome consists of intellectual Gordie (Wil Wheaton), born leader Chris (River Phoenix), emotionally disturbed Teddy (Corey Feldman), and chubby hanger-on Vern (Jerry O'Connell). The boys' adventures en route to the elusive body are colored by the personal pressures brought to bear on all of them by… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Stand by Me is a small, quiet film that walks tall and resonates long after."
‑ Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Stand by Me is a film of honorable ambitions severely compromised by a creeping show-biz phoniness."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Tribune
"Exquisitely captures the vulnerability not only of youth, but of the male identity."
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"Rob Reiner's bucolic, nostalgic drama is widely agreed to be one of the most successful adaptations of a story by horror master Stephen King."
‑ Andrew Collins, Radio Times
"Stand By Me is a sentimental film that works because of its unsentimental moments -- in particular, its sometimes embarassingly honest portrayal of what interests boys and how they talk about it."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Its perspective is that of a knowing adult, which is to say that though the film is frequently affectionate and funny, it contains a drop too much condescension to be entirely successful."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"Reiner seems lost in his own cinematic wilderness -- button-down careful, almost afraid to move"
‑ Pat Graham, Chicago Reader
"When you are an adventure-seeker stuck in that odd transition between early youth and adolescence, few movies resonate more than "Stand by Me.""
‑ David Keyes,
"Gracefully blending raucous comedy with intense drama, the film is about the loss of innocence as well as the getting of wisdom."
‑ Candice Russell, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"Well-crafted coming-of-age tale, now best remembered as the cornerstone of River Phoenix's scant legacy."
‑ , Film4
"It stands, sweet and strong, ribald, outrageous and funny, like its heroes themselves -- a bit gamy around the edges, perhaps, but pure and fine clear through. It's one of those treasures absolutely not to be missed."
‑ Sheila Benson, Los Angeles Times
"Good luck choking back the tears, folks."
‑ Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly
"It is about the evolution of a writer, his relationship with his three closest friends and a situation that formed his talent -- and morbid fascination."
‑ Joe Baltake, Philadelphia Daily News
"Shawshank aside, this is the best non-horror Stephen King adaptation of the bunch."
‑ James White, Total Film
"...a timeless coming-of-age drama."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
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