Metascore
72

Generally favorable reviews - based on 6 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Reviewed by: Gregory Ellwood
    Sep 7, 2014
    83
    This may not be his signature work, but it’s Murray at the top of his game in the type of role audiences want to see him in.
  2. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    Sep 7, 2014
    80
    With St. Vincent, the chief pleasure is comedy, which typically arises from waiting to discover what Bill Murray might do next.
  3. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Sep 7, 2014
    75
    It's fascinating to watch Murray act circles around his existing appeal and play into it at the same time. Melfi's likable but utterly formulaic movie never rises to a similar level of ambition, which in this case actually works in its favor. It gives Murray room to play.
  4. Reviewed by: Kevin Jagernauth
    Sep 7, 2014
    75
    Formulaic, and at times a bit Sundance-by-numbers, it's still hard to deny that the charms of St. Vincent work even if you clearly can see the narrative machinery moving.
  5. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Sep 7, 2014
    70
    Melfi comes up with any number of good and effective scenes and there’s plenty to enjoy in the performances.
  6. Reviewed by: Catherine Shoard
    Sep 7, 2014
    60
    There is a contrivance to both story and script that grates, rubs up against Murray’s appeal as a loose cannon.

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