Written June 27, 2016
This is not a great film. Some parts that are meant to be humorous were milked too long and it became tedious, like Val's attempt to overcome his "performance problems" early in the picture. In addition, there is a lot that is derivative from older movies. For example, the camaraderie between two old gangsters that life has passed by, see "Tough Guys" with Lancaster and Douglas. For the final scene of the film, see Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, with Newman and Redford. That being said, watching Pacino and Walton work is an acting lesson all by itself, and it looked like they enjoyed playing off each other. Would I add the DVD to my collection? Probably not. Did I enjoy the hour and a half watching it in the theater? Yes, definitely.
Written July 27, 2016
I love all 3 of the actors in this movie, but found the script to be very broing & thoughtless. Everytime a line came up where we thought the movie was going to pick up turned out to be the only good line in the scene. Stop writing these pathetic roles for older actors...they are still better than all of the actors (most of which are just pretty boy celebrities that have no talent) of today & are still able to carry a good script...they dont need these token roles to keep them going. It was the most boring...seemed like 5 hours of my life.
Written June 30, 2016
I am a fan of both Pacino and Walken found the movie slow going but entertaining the ending was unexpected and left me thinking "Stand Up Guys TWO"?
Written February 11, 2013
Watching Arkin and Walken reminds you what real actors are like. And Pacino actually tried to not just play "Pacino" for a change. Plus it's great to watch a film that shows the back side of being a "gangster." Very enjoyable.
Written April 18, 2015
I expected a movie that was predictable and cliched but this movie was really well done. Like an indie movie with great characters, great acting, quirky story, There were some really touching moments and an unapologetic look at aging. It was hilarious and dramatic. Loved it. Would watch it again.