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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
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  1. Positive: 25 out of 38
  2. Negative: 0 out of 38
  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: James Berardinelli
    Oct 17, 2014
    75
    St. Vincent may be a little kinder and gentler than the likes of "Bad Santa," but there's enough inappropriate behavior and comedic friction to fuel an entertaining 103 minutes.
  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: Claudia Puig
    Oct 9, 2014
    63
    A film in which precocious kids say things real kids never would, and larcenous drunks come off as adorable.
  6. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Oct 9, 2014
    60
    The actors don’t do all the heavy lifting by themselves. The uniformly good performances make it clear that Mr. Melfi knows how to handle actors, and there are some funny bits.
  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: 10 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. Oct 25, 2014
    10
    The best kind of movies are the ones which make you laugh and cry. Bill Murray has discovered another great new writer/director to follow. The movie makes you care about all the characters: the troubled, grouchy old man who does kind deeds, the Russian pregnant prostitute, the adopted son with the divorcing parents and the priests who are told why the mother couldn't get pregnant is absolutely hilarious. It's a touching story and very well written and laid out. This is why we go to the movies! Expand
  2. 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 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
  3. Oct 24, 2014
    9
    I'll watch pretty much anything with Bill Murray in it but I went to see this with lowish expectations having read some lukewarm reviews. It just goes to show you shouldn't be influenced too much by reviews. This is a great film IMHO, possibly one of Murray's best. The whole cast is great and while it may be a bit mawkish and predictable it hits all the right notes with both the comedy and the drama.

    Highly recommended.
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  4. Oct 24, 2014
    8
    It’s always a pleasant surprise to walk out of a movie thinking, “That was a lot better than I thought it would be,” and that was my reaction to “St. Vincent”.

    I am not a fan of Bill Murray and it didn’t help that once again he was playing a curmudgeon and that It didn’t help from the first shot most of the audience laughed at everything he said and did, even when not funny! I don’t remember at what point it happened but all of a sudden he stopped playing Bill Murray and became Vincent.

    Along with being negative about going into a movie starring Bill Murray I was also hesitant about seeing Melissa McCarthy once again playing a loud mouth, vulgar woman doing anything for a laugh but from her first appearance on the screen she is playing a true character, Maggie, a about to be divorced mother who is doing what she can to take care of her son, Oliver, played by Jaeden Lieberher.

    Lieberher, an 11 year old, underweight, is bullied his first day in a new school and, due to the screenplay, is put together with Vincent. Okay you get a precocious young boy and an old curmudgeon you know where this movie is heading but Lieberher almost steals “St. Vincent” from Vincent!

    As a teacher priest, Brother Geraghty, (Chris O’Dowd) , a bookie Zucko, (Terrace Howard), Daka (Naomi Watts), a ‘lady of the night’ and paid friend of Vincent’s who is pregnant, Sandy, (Donna Mitchell), from Oliver’s classmates to all the extras every part is perfectly cast, with the exception of Watts accent, and her being Russian, doesn’t add to the film though she does.

    The screenplay by Theodore Melfi holds no surprises, but his direction of the actors and their inherit talent is spot on, and will get the tears where he wants them.

    In all probability Murray will/should get starring award nominations as might McCarthy will get supporting nominations and Jaeden Lieberher certainly deserves accolades in his role as Oliver and a future career in movies.

    “St. Vincent”, and Bill Murray, were a lot better than I thought they would be!
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  5. 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
  6. Oct 24, 2014
    8
    "St. Vincent" stars Bill Murray, Jaeden Lieberher, Melissa McCarthy and Naomi Watts in this beautiful film written and directed by Theodore Melfi. Mr. Murray outperforms his previous best works and displays his skill as an actor that few will be able to surpass. The film also represents the cinematic debut of a young actor named Jaeden Lieberher who will capture the hearts and minds of the audience as he displays his remarkable talent. He’s just really good and a pleasure to watch and experience. Set in a middle class Brooklyn neighborhood, Mr. Melfi brings to the screen a "feel good" film that will surprise many who may have never quite connected with the in your face style of Ms. McCarthy. She needs to play more serious roles for she is really good when she does them and she is outstanding in this one in particular. I give this film an 8.0 and recommend it to viewers of all ages for joyous and heart warining stories know no labels or boundaries. Expand
  7. Oct 29, 2014
    2
    Old fart Bill Murray come here for one particular reason. To fail miserably at any kind of laughs. His presence is like a evil driver who tries to override little white kittens just because it hilarious. And Murray never was hilarious. He was a bimbo all the way through. And i thought that he was only hideous actor here. But damn no! That fatass nit Tammy is kinda dramatic in this movie. Ha, that's stupid. She can't act, but i never seen her catching farts in a WC. What a waste of talent. And what a waste of time on this film. Expand

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