Standing Up, Falling Down

critic Reviews

86% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score86%
  • 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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    Charlotte O'SullivanLondon Evening Standard
    Peter Hoare's script contains bromantic clichés, it's true. But just as many scenes confound.
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    Danny LeighFinancial Times
    What keeps you hanging on is the Teflon likeability of the leads, welcome vital signs in a film of otherwise aggressive modesty.
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    Kevin MaherTimes (UK)
    The schmaltz is gone, as is the self-love, and instead we have a sweetly empathetic turn...
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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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    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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    Bill NewcottThe Saturday Evening Post
    Billy Crystal has...found a worthy return in this big-hearted comedy about two hard-drinking, emotionally tormented loners who, despite themselves, strike up the most meaningful friendship of their lives.
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    Carla HayCulture Mix
    The parts in the film that are meant to be tear-jerking moments have the subtlety of a hammer, but the well-cast ensemble's performances (not surprisingly, [Billy] Crystal is the standout) make the movie appealing to watch overall.
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    Rich ClineShadows on the Wall
    The film has a melancholy tone, mixing humour with day-to-day disappointment. This makes it feel refreshingly un-pushy, finding moments that are funny and dramatic without straining for anything momentous.
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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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