The Sunshine Boys
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The Sunshine Boys tells the story of two feuding, crotchety former vaudeville performers (George Burns and Walter Matthau) who are persuaded to reunite for a television special. Working off Neil Simon's adaptation of his hit Broadway play, director Herbert Ross creates a very funny and engaging comedy with the assistance of his two leading men, who both give excellent performances. The Sunshine Boys was Burns' first starring role since 1939's Honolulu and he won the Academy Award for his performance.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 81%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The Sunshine Boys is an extremely sensitive and lovable film version of Neil Simon's play, with Walter Matthau and George Burns outstanding in their starring roles as a pair of long-hostile vaudeville partners."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Aging comics sparkle, swear, and spar in Neil Simon farce."
‑ Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media
"Herbert Ross' version of Neil Simon's Broadway production is still a play--verbose and repetitious at that--but it's well acted by Walter Matthau and George Burns (who won an Oscar) as the two cranky vet vaudevillians."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"With apologies to fans of The Odd Couple and The Goodbye Girl, this is my favorite of those countless screen Simons."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"Mr. Matthau is so good playing old men, we may never know when he finally becomes one."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Great chemistry between the two great comic leads and some pretty decent one-liners but this doesn't manage to hold together as a feature-length concept."
‑ David Parkinson, Empire Magazine
"It's generally an appealing and witty film because the leads are outstanding as cranks."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"The movie itself is a bit lackluster (clever dialogue, but it really goes on and on and on...)."
‑ Christopher Null,
"Neil Simon's most irritating play is no less agonizing on the screen under Herbert Ross's sycophantic direction."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"One of the best films ever made from a Neil Simon play."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Ross directs indulgently and no one seems to have noticed the sound of the voices, as though the participants had their hearing aids switched off."
‑ , Film4
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