Why Stop Now


Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 10
  2. Negative: 4 out of 10

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Aug 15, 2012
    Why Stop Now takes large themes much manhandled as movie cliches, and treats them with care and respect. It likes the characters. So did I.
  2. Reviewed by: Gabe Toro
    Aug 14, 2012
    It's well-acted, certainly, though these performances belong in a film with sharper pacing, one that breathes easily. But, this directorial debut from Phil Dorling and Ron Nyswaner breathes like a frequent smoker: in fits and starts, peppered with coughs and dry heaves.
  3. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Aug 17, 2012
    Acquires a little vigor and some fun from Tracy Morgan as a friendly drug dealer who lives with his mom.
  4. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Aug 15, 2012
    Slips into the no-man's land between screwball and melodrama, squandering both the comic opportunities of an irrational search for drugs and the raw desperation of a piano prodigy who's held captive by his mother's dysfunction.
  5. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    Aug 16, 2012
    Why Stop Now? feels trapped in the limbo between comedy and drama where many indies gamely venture, but from which few emerge with any resonance.
  6. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Aug 16, 2012
    Once Why Stop Now? has exhausted its bag of tricks, there is a screeching of brakes as it approaches the edge of the cliff. Having expended all that stamina, the film collapses from exhaustion and settles for an abrupt, feel-good ending that is as perfunctory as it is preposterous.
  7. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    Aug 13, 2012
    Shifting between wacky situation comedy and somber familial drama, Why Stop Now? isn't invested enough in either mode to convincingly pull off its genre-hopping ambitions.
  8. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Aug 16, 2012
    This comic drama tries too hard to serve up a slice of manic life, but Eisenberg, along with Tracy Morgan and Isiah Whitlock Jr. as the affable druggies, provides some spark.
  9. Reviewed by: David Fear
    Aug 14, 2012
    Nothing - script, performances, comedy, drama - works in the slightest. To answer the title: Where do we start?
  10. Reviewed by: Simon Abrams
    Aug 14, 2012
    An unbearable 90-minute trip with a trio of loud, needy egotists.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 1
  2. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Nov 13, 2014
    "Why Stop Now" 10 Scale Rating: 5.0 (Average) ...

    The Good: A mostly entertaining cast who turned in good performances. I liked what they
    "Why Stop Now" 10 Scale Rating: 5.0 (Average) ...

    The Good: A mostly entertaining cast who turned in good performances. I liked what they were trying to do here, even if the execution fell short. The scenes that I found to be amusing were very very amusing.

    The Bad: For starters, Jesse Eisenberg is beginning to be the same guy in every movie and is starting to feel like a one dimensional actor. The film itself seemed to struggle with it's identity and flip flopped from comedy to drama and back again repeatedly. It is fine for a screwball comedy to attempt to have some heart, but the delivery for this film was flawed and it felt forced. Scenes and lines felt completely random and confusing as they tried ever so hard to make this more than it was.
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