Movie review: ‘Stand Up Guys'

Al Pacino, Christopher Walken and Alan Arkin could play aging hit men in their sleep, and with “Stand Up Guys,” director Fisher Stevens seems determined to let them try.
Oklahoman Modified: January 30, 2013 at 11:39 pm •  Published: February 1, 2013

For most of the proceedings, Pacino and Walken just look bored out of their skulls. “Stand Up Guys” could be forgiven some of its listless meandering if it were a more modest affair with less concentrated on-screen talent in its mix. But Stevens and Haidle recruited a dream cast — the supporting players include Juliana Margulies, Lucy Punch, Vanessa Ferlito and Bill Burr — and gave them little to do than fill out some stock characters in a bloodless mob opera. It's not just a missed opportunity — “Stand Up Guys” feels criminally negligent.

George Lang



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