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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 penchantMaggie (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
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 40
  2. Negative: 0 out of 40
  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: Michael Phillips
    Oct 16, 2014
    75
    For all the boozed and abusive amusement provided by the great Bill Murray in the good-enough St. Vincent, the moment I liked best was Naomi Watts as a pregnant Russian stripper, manhandling a vacuum across the Murray character's ancient carpet. In movies as in life, it's the little things.
  3. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Oct 23, 2014
    75
    This is first and foremost Murray's show, and the shortcomings in Melfi's script and direction are strangely appreciated. They give this singular comedian, who doesn't do it often enough these days, the room to let his buffalo heart roam.
  4. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Oct 24, 2014
    63
    Stay in your seat for the end credits, in which Murray waters a dying plant and karaokes to Bob Dylan's "Shelter from the Storm." That alone is worth double the price of admission.
  5. Reviewed by: James Mottram
    Jan 9, 2015
    60
    The home stretch is drenched in sticky-sweet sentiment, but Murray’s fans will rejoice at the chance to see their idol in full-on grouch mode.
  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: 44 out of 48
  2. Negative: 2 out of 48
  1. Oct 29, 2014
    10
    Run don't walk to see this wonderful movie. Bill Murray's acting should earn him an Oscar nomination for Best Actor as it may be his finestRun don't walk to see this wonderful movie. Bill Murray's acting should earn him an Oscar nomination for Best Actor as it may be his finest work ever! If you are coming to see Bill Murray doing strictly comedy then this isn't for you. He does have deadpan comedic lines in his performance but this is not what this story is about. Murray plays a Senior Citizen where life has beaten him to a pulp. As a result, he's turned his back on humanity. He's a totally broke down on his luck gambler, alcoholic, deadbeat, liar, buys sex, thief, and is short tempered. Not exactly your typical Saint. But underneath this complex man, with all his failings, lies the still beating heart of a warrior. He befriends a small boy who is acted superbly in this masterpiece. He teaches him about life and never to settle for ordinary. Murray's character hides a secret which explains why he's become this miserable old person. Melissa McCarthy plays it straight as the mother of Oliver {the boy}. She is outstanding in a supporting role as she demonstrates she can really act besides just doing comedy. The entire ensemble cast is just terrific. The movie continues to build until it finally reaches its crescendo. If you have blood pumping thru your heart you should really enjoy this movie. This is Murray's showcase movie. Go see and enjoy! Expand
  2. Nov 1, 2014
    9
    I'm glad I listened to the User Reviews rather than the Critic Reviews and went to see this movie. I thoroughly enjoyed "St Vincent". BillI'm glad I listened to the User Reviews rather than the Critic Reviews and went to see this movie. I thoroughly enjoyed "St Vincent". Bill Murray and all the cast were excellent in their roles. The story, the attitude, and the dialogue makes this a movie you really don't want to miss. Expand
  3. Feb 27, 2015
    9
    This is a wonderful movie with a great story which is very un-Hollywood. This is not a mainstream movie and went under the radar due to it'sThis is a wonderful movie with a great story which is very un-Hollywood. This is not a mainstream movie and went under the radar due to it's limited release.

    It has amazing acting in which Bill Murray never looked so perfect for a role as this. He plays ever aspect of his character well.

    This is a great character driven movie as well with spectacular supporting actors who you would not expect.

    Simply put an amazing movie which had me in tears at the end because for me this was a real storie and I was vested in those characters.
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  4. Nov 13, 2014
    8
    This should be a Bill Murray classic. His character is like Nicholson in "As Good As It Gets", bad guy has some good qualities. The 'kid' isThis should be a Bill Murray classic. His character is like Nicholson in "As Good As It Gets", bad guy has some good qualities. The 'kid' is great, love him from the first line. Love the: "woman who works at night?". There's some cheesiness at times, but not overwhelming. Expand
  5. Jan 1, 2015
    8
    A perfectly watchable movie. Bill Murray conveys himself seamlessly as usual; the role could also (arguably) suit Jack Nicholson, althoughA perfectly watchable movie. Bill Murray conveys himself seamlessly as usual; the role could also (arguably) suit Jack Nicholson, although Bill Murray has the ability to play out the "sad old man" moments a little better in my opinion. There's nothing new about films starring grumpy people who have a heart of gold despite being hopelessly lost in themselves, and this picture is no less generous. Expand
  6. Jan 4, 2015
    7
    An irresistibly pleasing movie filled with interesting humorous characters. Of course it is predictable, but it is able to remain an enjoyableAn irresistibly pleasing movie filled with interesting humorous characters. Of course it is predictable, but it is able to remain an enjoyable and touching film the entire way through. Expand
  7. Nov 3, 2014
    0
    Que? Vaya mierda de película, normalmente me gustan las películas de Bill, pero esta, sincermanete a pesar de su crítica aprobada tanto deQue? Vaya mierda de película, normalmente me gustan las películas de Bill, pero esta, sincermanete a pesar de su crítica aprobada tanto de críticos como de usuarios no lo veo normal, y menos ese 8,7 que tiene de usuarios, para nada. Por eso la puntuo con un 0 a pesar de que tampoco merezca un 0, si no un 5 como mucho 6, pero si pongo este 0 es porque me parecen mucho mejor las peliculas "Gone girl" y "Nightcrawler" que no esta. Expand

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