Metascore
38

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 31
  2. Negative: 12 out of 31
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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    And So It Goes looks like it was shot on outdated video equipment and has a forced, jokey script by Mark Andrus (”As Good As It Gets,” “Georgia Rule”).
  4. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Jul 24, 2014
    38
    The slapstick is awful; the pathos isn't much better, though it's far more plentiful.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Jul 24, 2014
    30
    There is very little on the screen to capture your attention.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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
5.8

Mixed or average reviews- based on 13 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 »