And So It Goes

Metascore
38

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 31
  2. Negative: 12 out of 31
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  1. Reviewed by: Richard Roeper
    Jul 24, 2014
    75
    And So It Goes is the cinematic equivalent of comfort food. The pleasure comes from experiencing the fine performances and semi-frequent smile-inducing dialogue, bolstered in no small fashion by the wonderful comedic timing of Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton.
  2. Reviewed by: James Rocchi
    Jul 24, 2014
    70
    A nice enough reminder that as time goes forward, we have to as well.
  3. Reviewed by: Stephen Farber
    Jul 13, 2014
    70
    No one who sees the film will feel it breaks any new ground, but as a cinematic equivalent of comfort food, it goes down easily.
  4. Reviewed by: Inkoo Kang
    Jul 23, 2014
    65
    Douglas and Keaton conjure just enough empathy and optimism and cozy charm between them to make us believe that anything can happen at twilight.
  5. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Jul 26, 2014
    63
    More bland than bad, And So It Goes is being dumped into a crowded mid-July schedule in the hope that someone tired of noisy blockbusters might see it. The problem is, as antidotes go, this one is most likely to induce sleep as a means of relief.
  6. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Jul 25, 2014
    58
    As generic as its title.
  7. Reviewed by: Bilge Ebiri
    Jul 25, 2014
    50
    Clean, pleasant, and thoroughly unremarkable. It passes the time, but with that cast and that director, it should have been so much more.
  8. Reviewed by: Courtney Shea
    Jul 24, 2014
    50
    It’s a story where sex and being over 60 aren’t treated as mutual exclusives, which is pretty great in its own way.
  9. Reviewed by: Stephen Whitty
    Jul 24, 2014
    50
    Its director, Rob Reiner, is 67 himself. So his film takes a less ageist tone, seeing its characters – played by Michael Douglas, 69, and Diane Keaton, 68 – not as old people but simply as people, living vital but complicated lives. If only the movie itself were as vital and complicated.
  10. Reviewed by: Scott Bowles
    Jul 24, 2014
    50
    And So It Goes plays a little like the graying lounge act it honors: It's impressive for its age, though not altogether impressive.
  11. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Jul 24, 2014
    50
    A little too corny to endorse fully, but no one should be discouraged from seeing it.
  12. Reviewed by: Connie Ogle
    Jul 24, 2014
    50
    Not entirely unwatchable.
  13. 50
    Seeing these veteran players go through their paces, find their comic rhythms and probe for laughs where many a laugh has been found before is not a bad thing.
  14. Reviewed by: Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
    Jul 23, 2014
    50
    A mediocre movie, starring two great actors who’ve certainly done worse, that benefits from baseline competence and lowered expectations.
  15. Reviewed by: Joe McGovern
    Jul 25, 2014
    42
    The Rob Reiner of the past might have tackled a challenging topic, even in a romantic comedy. But that director, who hasn't made a good movie since the mid-1990s, is gone. So it goes.
  16. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Jul 25, 2014
    40
    If director Rob Reiner’s AARP-aimed comedy stumbles on several fronts, at least it provides a stage for some seasoned pros to strut their stuff.
  17. Reviewed by: Nicolas Rapold
    Jul 24, 2014
    40
    Relatable doesn’t have to mean routine, but Mr. Reiner doesn’t always bother to tell the difference.
  18. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    Jul 24, 2014
    40
    The somnambulant slickness of the direction when a truly grown-up tale of late-in-life love is nipping at the edges suggests Reiner is more stubbornly set in his stay-cute approach than his leads, who at least find the occasional pocket of human messiness in this tension-free exercise.
  19. Reviewed by: Kate Erbland
    Jul 24, 2014
    40
    Romantically uninspiring and comedically unstable, And So It Goes is a poor excuse for a rom-com, even one that continually plays by the rules of the genre and has two major stars to keep it bouncing along.
  20. Reviewed by: Christy Lemire
    Jul 25, 2014
    38
    And So It Goes does what it needs to do for its target audience in thoroughly sufficient, mediocre ways.
  21. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Jul 24, 2014
    38
    If cranking out this kind of mediocre, head-scratching blarney is the only option available to Hollywood veterans like Reiner, we have some friendly advice: Open a haberdashery.
  22. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Jul 24, 2014
    38
    And So It Goes looks like it was shot on outdated video equipment and has a forced, jokey script by Mark Andrus (”As Good As It Gets,” “Georgia Rule”).
  23. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Jul 24, 2014
    38
    The slapstick is awful; the pathos isn't much better, though it's far more plentiful.
  24. Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    Jul 24, 2014
    37
    Reiner assembles a square meal of rom-com pleasure points, but it’s bland, by-the-numbers and not particularly memorable.
  25. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Jul 28, 2014
    30
    The result is a lumbering attempt at sweet-and-saucy romance, all affected emotion and strained bad-boy humor.
  26. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Jul 24, 2014
    30
    There is very little on the screen to capture your attention.
  27. Reviewed by: Steve Davis
    Jul 23, 2014
    30
    Certain scenes play as if Reiner forgot to show up on the day of filming, so the actors and cameraman just winged it. Perhaps his embarrassing (and pointless) turn as Leah’s clueless accompanist with the bad toupee distracted him from his principal responsibilities behind the camera. What a Meathead.
  28. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    Jul 13, 2014
    30
    For all of its 93 minutes, you never feel anything significant is at stake for anyone — save for a paycheck.
  29. Reviewed by: Eric Henderson
    Jul 21, 2014
    25
    Just as Michael Douglas doesn't have it in his guts to make Oren a real son of a bitch (a grandpa Gekko), Diane Keaton's jangled neurotic tics lack any dramatic import.
  30. Reviewed by: Jordan Hoffman
    Sep 9, 2014
    20
    Embarrassing for everyone involved not because of any squeamish subject matter – quite the contrary, seeing retirement-age characters are refreshing – but because the story structure is so fake and so plodding.
  31. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Jul 25, 2014
    0
    And So It Goes appears to be targeting an audience segment that rarely goes out to the movies — while providing them a cringe-worthy incentive to never do so again.
User Score
6.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Jul 27, 2014
    5
    This is one of those films with a generic title that's destined to fade into mediocrity. Michael Douglas plays the cranky, self-centered oldThis is one of those films with a generic title that's destined to fade into mediocrity. Michael Douglas plays the cranky, self-centered old man whose heart is softened when he's visited by the granddaughter he never knew about. Toss in Diane Keaton as the sweet, slightly sassy woman next door and you have a formula that's painfully predictable. Surprisingly, his conversion to caring takes place quickly and the conflict turns to their romance. Douglas manages to land a few zingers, Frances Sternhagen (as the cantankerous friend) has the best lines and Keaton sings a couple of lovely songs. While this is lite on laffs, the leads' personalities may make it appealing to mature audiences looking for innocuous blandness. Full Review »
  2. Dec 28, 2014
    4
    Michael Douglas plays the typical old guy who is angry at the world because he lost his wife. In a predictable turn his heart is softened byMichael Douglas plays the typical old guy who is angry at the world because he lost his wife. In a predictable turn his heart is softened by the appearance of the granddaughter he didn't know existed, as well as his neighbor who is played by Diane Keaton. It takes all the expected turns these types of movies do.

    Surprisingly the predictability isn't it's biggest flaw. It's how boring it all is. Every now and then it will toss out a chuckle worthy joke or moment, but for the most part it's just slow and drawn out scenes of these actors playing characters we've all seen before and acting out the same emotions we've also all seen before.

    While this formula has worked before it just doesn't here. The characters aren't interesting enough to be cared about, so the movie never strikes the emotional cords it needs to. The nature of this film means it is sure to resonate with a certain, probably small audience. However the majority of viewers are most likely going to be better off looking for something more original and involving. My total score for the movie is a 4.8/10.
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  3. Dec 28, 2014
    7
    The movie is carried by its two leads who are quite pleasant to watch. While is not wildly original, it is still a nice story. There is a goodThe movie is carried by its two leads who are quite pleasant to watch. While is not wildly original, it is still a nice story. There is a good balance between witty banter and actual drama. Full Review »