Standing Up, Falling Down

critic Reviews

84% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score84%
  • A familiar story entertainingly told, Standing Up, Falling Down is elevated by the warm chemistry between Billy Crystal and Ben Schwartz.
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    Rex ReedObserver
    The entire enterprise is so muffled and dull you can't believe what you're watching.
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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Richard RoeperChicago Sun-Times
    As a dermatologist mentoring a young comedian, Billy Crystal feels real, even in the cheesiest moments.
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    Christy LemireFilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
    The dialogue is so snappy. They have such terrific chemistry together that you want to spend time with them.
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    Nick AllenRogerEbert.com
    Yes, you've seen this type of story before, but Standing Up, Falling Down shows that there can still be a little magic -- and charisma -- when the material is genuinely funny.
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    Todd GilchristTheWrap
    Funny and honest in equal measures, like a good stand-up routine, Standing Up, Falling Down uses a light touch to teach us there's always more to learn.
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    Robert LevinNewsday
    The movie from director Matt Ratner and Levittown-raised screenwriter Peter Hoare covers well-worn territory without generating much of a compelling reason for the audience to join them on it.
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    Joe GogginsThe Skinny
    Chemistry between the leads is key. Schwartz comfortably holds his own against the evergreen Crystal, twinkle still firmly in his eye.
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    Alan NgFilm Threat
    In Standing Up, Falling Down, this new style of comedy is light on laughs, but big on heart, weaving together a story of hope, redemption, and second chances with a solid cast led by Ben Schwartz and Billy Crystal.
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    Betty Jo TuckerReelTalk Movie Reviews
    'Standing Up, Falling Down' falters by presenting too many awkward scenes that don't seem real. But Billy Crystal fans should enjoy his splendid performance as an alcoholic estranged from his angry son.
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    Danielle SolzmanSolzy at the Movies
    When all is said and done, Standing Up, Falling Down is a heartwarming film about getting a second chance in life.
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