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  • Summary: Maggie (Melissa McCarthy), a single mother, moves into a new home in Brooklyn with her 12-year old son, Oliver (Jaeden Lieberher). Forced to work long hours, she has no choice but to leave Oliver in the care of their new neighbor, Vincent (Bill Murray), a retired curmudgeon with a penchant for alcohol and gambling. An odd friendship soon blossoms between the improbable pair. Together with a pregnant stripper named Daka (Naomi Watts), Vincent brings Oliver along on all the stops that make up his daily routine - the race track, a strip club, and the local dive bar. Vincent helps Oliver grow to become a man, while Oliver begins to see in Vincent something that no one else is able to: a misunderstood man with a good heart. [TWC] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 36
  2. Negative: 0 out of 36
  1. Reviewed by: Richard Roeper
    Oct 16, 2014
    88
    Nearly every scene is contrived, but Melfi has a nice way with dialogue, and the cast is uniformly outstanding.
  2. Reviewed by: Marjorie Baumgarten
    Oct 15, 2014
    78
    If you scratch the surface too deeply, a few things might not ring true, but there’s no greater pleasure to be had than the film’s opening and closing sequences during which Murray, alone on the screen, dances, then sings along to the music coming through his headphones.
  3. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Oct 16, 2014
    75
    The iconic actor may be too gruff for sainthood, but Murray still retains a secret stash of soul.
  4. 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.
  5. Reviewed by: Elise Nakhnikian
    Oct 9, 2014
    63
    The actors create emotionally coherent and sympathetic characters from a collection of often contradictory, monumentally irresponsible, or just plain improbable actions.
  6. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Oct 7, 2014
    60
    St. Vincent has nothing on Rushmore, an obvious forebearer, even though it strains for the same egalitarian spirit of thrown-together family, one that includes a pregnant Russian stripper (Naomi Watts) and a sympathetic but firm Catholic schoolteacher (Chris O’Dowd).
  7. Reviewed by: Alan Scherstuhl
    Oct 7, 2014
    50
    Some moments still work after the movie grows mawkish.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Oct 19, 2014
    8
    A surprisingly deep and fascinating look into growing up at all ages. Bill Murray is in top-form along with his easy-to-love cast. St. Vincent will make you laugh, cry and inspired. Expand
  2. Oct 11, 2014
    8
    It's refreshing seeing Melissa McCarthy playing it straight - the woman certainly can play serious roles. Bill Murray is at the top of his game here, and the kid is MUCH better than I thought he'd be. Only Naomi Watts is an awkward fit with the Russian accent and the pregnancy. She's fun and provides some comic relief, so I'm glad she's there. The film actually brought multiple tears to my eyes, which says something - heartwarming. I'll just say that I expected more, but what is there is highly worth seeing. Expand

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