Reviews: St. Vincent (2014)

st_vincentReviews for this film from our members:

  • Marco Albanese @ Stanze di Cinema [Italian]
  • José Arce @ [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Bill Murray alcanza la santidad en una película hecha a su imagen y semejanza artística. Estupenda fábula agridulce de reencuentros propios y ajenos a disfrutar en calibrada compañía; no es para todos.
  • Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire
    • Excerpt: The big tearjerker ending is maudlin and manipulative, which would be a bigger problem if it didn’t totally get me anyway, sniff sniff. In that sequence, and throughout the movie, Murray elevates the material — but the scene itself is a bit worrisome, since it is, in essence, a celebration of Bill Murray, and that kind of pandering isn’t what we like about him, as a personality or an actor.
  • Nicholas Bell @
    • Excerpt: Melfi puts in a bit more elbow grease in this tried and true concoction, to make an effective, though utterly formulaic film.
  • Luke Bonanno @
    • Excerpt: St. Vincent would not be nearly as endearing with a different actor in the title role.
  • Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @
    • Excerpt: A heart-affecting cinematic parable about the saints among us who enable us to come alive in new ways.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: …we’ve seen all this before (“Bad Santa” being but one example). Still, Murray is Murray and watching his sweetness peek through his outer curmudgeonly crust is worth the price of admission. More surprising is Naomi Watts…
  • Billy Donnelly @ This Is Infamous
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: It gives us a character who is completely unlikeable on the surface, and without changing a thing about who the character is, the film dares us not to like him by the end.
  • Susan Granger @
    • Excerpt: Slyly subversive, Bill Murray is already generating Oscar buzz.
  • Steven Greydanus @ Crux
    • Excerpt: “St. Vincent” is a movie essentially without a single surprise, which doesn’t make it disagreeable.
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: Bill Murray settles into the role with a relaxed easiness. We are intrigued by this heightened version of his embittered self.
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: Bill Murray engraves his name with authority on the growing list of movie adults who should be banned from interacting with children. Picture Billy Bob Thornton’s Bad Santa, Adam Sandler’s Big Daddy, and to make sure the charges stick, we must not forget any man who has played Humbert Humbert as he helps ‘guide’ Lolita through those tough adolescent years.
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: What one will find nice and heartwarming, another will find forced and cloying, but “St. Vincent” is the definition of a perfectly pleasant crowd-pleaser done well enough.
  • Kristin Dreyer Kramer @
  • [New – 1/22/15] | Alan Mattli @ Facing the Bitter Truth [German]
    • Excerpt: There is a piece of Bill Murray in Vincent MacKenna that goes beyond petty resemblances, that cuts deeper than the film as a whole ever could.
  • Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer
    • Excerpt: Murray is at his curmudgeonly best.
  • Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys
  • Jason Pirodsky @
    • Excerpt: Bill Murray is Vincent MacKenna, a cantankerous, drunken, gambling-addicted neighbor who inadvertently becomes a caretaker for a young boy in St. Vincent, an effective if overly familiar-feeling comedy-drama that, like its lead character, is careful never to get too schmaltzy – until the finale, which goes the distance and ends up winning us over.
  • Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk
    • Excerpt: riter/director Theodore Melfi’s major-league debut is hard to dislike and certainly will work as a crowd-pleaser for folks looking to warm their hearts. For all the salty language and Vin’s rowdy lifestyle, there is a nice message here and a genuine sense of inclusion.
  • Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema
    • Excerpt: Ten minutes into Theodore Melfi’s St. Vincent you’ve already figured out how it is going to end. Once the cute kid meets the crusty old coot next door who hates children – and humanity at large – the movie becomes a long slow drive down Highway Inevitable. When you reach the destination, there’s nothing to see but a lot of sap.
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: Bill Murray’s irascibility, even at the most mawkish moments, is enough to save the picture from drowning in a sea of sentimentality.
  • David Upton @ So So Gay
    • Excerpt: How is it, then, that the film proves so consistently involving, amusing, and ultimately moving? The core of the film is human in a fashion that allows for Murray’s fatigued cynicism without allowing it to dominate.
  • Sarah Ward @ artsHub

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