Stand by Me
Stand by Me (1986)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: August 8, 1986
DVD Release Date: August 29, 2000
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Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Stand By Me is a wise, nostalgic movie with a weird streak that captures both Stephen King's voice and the trials of growing up.

Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

Stand by Me is a small, quiet film that walks tall and resonates long after.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune

Stand by Me is a film of honorable ambitions severely compromised by a creeping show-biz phoniness.

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Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

Exquisitely captures the vulnerability not only of youth, but of the male identity.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

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.

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Pat Graham
Chicago Reader

Reiner seems lost in his own cinematic wilderness -- button-down careful, almost afraid to move

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David Keyes

When you are an adventure-seeker stuck in that odd transition between early youth and adolescence, few movies resonate more than "Stand by Me."

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Sheila Benson
Los Angeles Times

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.

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Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly

Good luck choking back the tears, folks.

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Joe Baltake
Philadelphia Daily News

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 94% Flixster User Reviews
Mark Walker
Predominantly known for his horror stories, writer Stephen King released a book in 1982 called "Different Seasons". It contained four novellas, three… More
Eric Alvarez
A real genius film (especially the storyline), that truly captures the real essence of a childhood. This film carries pretty much every emotion there is: from… More
Manu Gino
For some, it's the last real taste of innocence, and the first real taste of life. But for everyone, it's the time that memories are made of. Very… More
Jim Careter
Stand by Me is such a genius film, I loved it. Everybody had a friend when they were 12, a group of friends maybe you hung out with, and you never truly forget… More
Lorenzo von Matterhorn
<i>"I never had any friends later on like the ones I had when I was twelve. Jesus, does anyone?"</i> After the death of a friend, a… More
Alex roy
I finally got around to seeing Stand By Me, and I was quite surprised at what I saw. I enjoyed the film very much, and I thought that the acting choices were… More