Excerpt: Stand Up Guys might qualify as a pleasant surprise if it starred some unknown elderly actors, but with the likes of Al Pacino and Christopher Walken in the fray, it often disappoints. Even without high expectations, the movie’s erratic stumble through tones does not add up to the feel-good experience it’s clearly meant to.
Excerpt: Considering the cast there are moments to be sure (Pacino’s one note performance doesn’t offer any of them), and the film is a real calling card for young Addison Timlin (“Afterschool,” SHOtime’s ‘Californication’), luminous as Doc’s waitress granddaughter Alex, but for most of its running time, “Stand Up Guys” is positively enervating.
Excerpt: Stand Up Guys is the kind of half-hearted, half-serious Tarantino-esque pulp that went out of style in the late 90s. It’s always a pleasure to see these guys in action, but this material is so weak it drains all the fun away.
Excerpt: Here’s a film that’s entertaining and thoughtful, starring three powerhouse actors performing right in their wheelhouses. It carries with it effective messages and life lessons with each character putting his own future on the line for the sake of family, trusting in the ideal that life is what we make of it…at any age.