Excerpt: Bill Murray alcanza la santidad en una película hecha a su imagen y semejanza artística. Estupenda fábula agridulce de reencuentros propios y ajenos a disfrutar en calibrada compañía; no es para todos.
Excerpt: The big tearjerker ending is maudlin and manipulative, which would be a bigger problem if it didn’t totally get me anyway, sniff sniff. In that sequence, and throughout the movie, Murray elevates the material — but the scene itself is a bit worrisome, since it is, in essence, a celebration of Bill Murray, and that kind of pandering isn’t what we like about him, as a personality or an actor.
Excerpt: …we’ve seen all this before (“Bad Santa” being but one example). Still, Murray is Murray and watching his sweetness peek through his outer curmudgeonly crust is worth the price of admission. More surprising is Naomi Watts…
Excerpt: Bill Murray engraves his name with authority on the growing list of movie adults who should be banned from interacting with children. Picture Billy Bob Thornton’s Bad Santa, Adam Sandler’s Big Daddy, and to make sure the charges stick, we must not forget any man who has played Humbert Humbert as he helps ‘guide’ Lolita through those tough adolescent years.
Excerpt: Bill Murray is Vincent MacKenna, a cantankerous, drunken, gambling-addicted neighbor who inadvertently becomes a caretaker for a young boy in St. Vincent, an effective if overly familiar-feeling comedy-drama that, like its lead character, is careful never to get too schmaltzy – until the finale, which goes the distance and ends up winning us over.
Excerpt: riter/director Theodore Melfi’s major-league debut is hard to dislike and certainly will work as a crowd-pleaser for folks looking to warm their hearts. For all the salty language and Vin’s rowdy lifestyle, there is a nice message here and a genuine sense of inclusion.
Excerpt: Ten minutes into Theodore Melfi’s St. Vincent you’ve already figured out how it is going to end. Once the cute kid meets the crusty old coot next door who hates children – and humanity at large – the movie becomes a long slow drive down Highway Inevitable. When you reach the destination, there’s nothing to see but a lot of sap.
Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
Excerpt: Bill Murray’s irascibility, even at the most mawkish moments, is enough to save the picture from drowning in a sea of sentimentality.
David Upton @ So So Gay
Excerpt: How is it, then, that the film proves so consistently involving, amusing, and ultimately moving? The core of the film is human in a fashion that allows for Murray’s fatigued cynicism without allowing it to dominate.