Stand Up Guys
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Val (Al Pacino) is released from prison after serving twenty-eight years for refusing to give up one of his close criminal associates. His best friend Doc (Christopher Walken) is there to pick him up, and the two soon re-team with another old pal, Hirsch (Alan Arkin). Their bond is as strong as ever, and the three reflect on freedom lost and gained, loyalties ebbed and flowed, and days of glory gone by. But one of the friends is keeping a dangerous secret- he's been put in an impossible quandary by a former mob boss, and his time to find an acceptable alternative is running out. As the sun… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 38%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Thematic inconsistencies abound as Stevens aims for a tone somewhere between Grumpy Old Men, The Hangover, and Goodfellas."
‑ Drew Hunt, Chicago Reader
"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
"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
"Stand Up Guys probably won't appeal to anyone whose father hasn't got friends of pensionable age."
‑ Graham Young, Birmingham Mail
"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
"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
"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
"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,
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"Viagra is consumed, erections wrestled, old scores settled - blah blah blah."
‑ Mark Kermode, Observer [UK]
"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,
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