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  • Summary: Oren Little (Michael Douglas), a self-centered realtor, enlists the help of his neighbor, Leah (Diane Keaton), when his estranged son leaves him in charge of the granddaughter he never knew existed.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 31
  2. Negative: 12 out of 31
  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: 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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    And So It Goes looks like it was shot on outdated video equipment and has a forced, jokey script by Mark Andrus (”As Good As It Gets,” “Georgia Rule”).
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. 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. Expand
  2. Nov 24, 2014
    6
    And So It Goes continuously wishes it were another top-notch Nancy Meyers flick. It undoubtedly misses that mark--but some of it actuallyAnd So It Goes continuously wishes it were another top-notch Nancy Meyers flick. It undoubtedly misses that mark--but some of it actually works. Diane Keaton's singing is surprisingly wonderful and a lovely touch. Expand
  3. Jul 25, 2014
    5
    Walking into the movie theatre to see "And So It Goes" directed by Rob Reiner, starring Michael Douglas as a widower, who no one likes, andWalking into the movie theatre to see "And So It Goes" directed by Rob Reiner, starring Michael Douglas as a widower, who no one likes, and Diane Keaton as a widow wanting to have a career as a lounge singer, who irritate each other, is all you have to know about the story of the movie.
    You see the jokes coming yet smile and you know Reiner is going to manipulate your tears which will flow and there isn't any surprise about the ending because the movie is what you expect and what you want.
    "And So It Goes" is the antithesis of the 20+ sequels and remakes with robots, car crashes, apes, vampires, bomb burstings, fights, special effects, etc.
    Douglas and Keaton play roles they can do in their sleep but keep it fresh while Sterling Jerins, as the granddaughter Douglas didn't know he had and Frances Sternhagen represnting the 'old' generation as Douglas's work partner add to the screen whenever they appear.
    Austin Lysy, as Jerin's father, and Andy Karl as another of Douglas's co-workers, in under-witten roles do better than their roles deserve.
    The screenwriter, Mark Andrus, and director Rob Reiner bring to the screen what their audience wants but I am still trying to figure out what the 12 executive producers did!
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  4. 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. Expand
  5. Dec 28, 2014
    5
    A mostly bland film that offers nothing to really hate or anything to really like. And So it goes is a watchable movie that provides a fewA mostly bland film that offers nothing to really hate or anything to really like. And So it goes is a watchable movie that provides a few decent laughs here and there. Expand
  6. 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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