Why Stop Now?
Why Stop Now? (2012)

Eli (Jesse Eisenberg) is a piano prodigy. Today is the audition that will determine his future-- will he launch a career and take off into the world? Or will he stay stuck, caring for his sister and mother (Melissa Leo) who, despite her… More

Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: August 17, 2012
DVD Release Date: December 10, 2012
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Critic Score: 24% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

First-time directors Phil Dorling and Ron Nyswaner can't find a coherent emotional tone, and the actors' energetic contortions can't keep the sinking story afloat.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

As "Why Stop Now?" gathers momentum, the increasingly uneasy sensation it produces is not unlike that of being in the back seat of a speeding car whose drunken driver refuses to give up the wheel.

Richard Haridy

It descends into a series of mawkish, over-melodramatic scenes that are entirely unearned and often unpleasantly noisy. It's never especially funny or dramatic and leaves the viewer feeling unsure of what the filmmakers were really trying to achieve.

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Kyle Smith
New York Post

Drug abuse stories are to Hollywood what babies are to mothers: fascinating to the talkers, not so interesting for their audiences.

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Ella Taylor

Why Stop Now refuses to keep faith with its characters, to carry them as far as they can go without tying them up in a neat bow of redemption.

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Chelsey Grasso
Paste Magazine

An odd mix of blatantly comedic moments and strangely serious scenes, Why Stop Now finds itself stranded on an odd middle ground between comedy and drama.

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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times

Feels trapped in the limbo between comedy and drama where many indies gamely venture, but from which few emerge with any resonance.

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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News

This comic drama tries too hard to serve up a slice of manic life, but Eisenberg, along with Tracy Morgan and Isiah Whitlock Jr. as the affable druggies, provides some spark.

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S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media

Young man's very bad day includes drugs, swearing, more.

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Flixster Audience Score: 28% Flixster User Reviews
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Walter M.
You must excuse Eli(Jesse Eisenberg) for being late to his audition. You see he has had a tough last 24 hours that began with him getting drunk at a jock party… More
Manu Gino
A funny thing happened on the way to rehab. Decent Movie! It's really a movie that is mostly being carried by its characters and the actors who are… More
The Movie Waffler
Yet another Indie "dramedy" in the vein of Wes Anderson and the Duplass Brothers. In order to check her into rehab, Jesse Eisenberg must get his… More
MisterYoda ?
three stars...
Jesse Ortega
Quirk comedic drama that never really seems to find its footing despite some talented leads. I've never really liked Tracy Morgan as a comedic actor, his… More