Stan & Ollie (2018)

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Critic Consensus: Stan & Ollie pays tribute to a pair of beloved entertainers with an affectionate look behind the scenes -- and a moving look at the burdens and blessings of a creative bond.

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Laurel & Hardy, one of the world's great comedy teams, set out on a variety hall tour of Britain in 1953. Diminished by age and with their golden era as the kings of Hollywood comedy now behind them, they face an uncertain future. As the charm and beauty of their performances shines through, they re-connect with their adoring fans. The tour becomes a hit, but Stan & Ollie can't quite shake the specter of Laurel and Hardy's past; the long-buried ghosts, coupled with Oliver's failing health, start to threaten their precious partnership. A portrait of the most tender and poignant of creative marriages, they are aware that they may be approaching their swan song, trying to rediscover just how much they mean to each other.

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Steve Coogan
as Stan Laurel
John C. Reilly
as Oliver Hardy
Nina Arianda
as Ida Kitaeva Laurel
Shirley Henderson
as Lucille Hardy
Danny Huston
as Hal Roach
Rufus Jones
as Bernard Delfont
Susy Kane
as Cynthia Clark
Ella Kenion
as Holiday Camp Organizer
Harry Hepple
as Wally Brady
Bentley Kalu
as Elephant Wrangler
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For a movie focused on two of the most influential performers in comedy history, it feels like an especially cruel joke - and not even the punchiness of its two stars can help the thing land.

January 18, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

I'm nuts about Laurel and Hardy, but the folks behind the bioflick "Stan & Ollie" clearly adore them more. Blame that love on creating a nice mess.

January 18, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Coogan and Reilly perform the alchemist's feat of turning lead into gold, finessing all the trademark details - Laurel's puzzled head-scratching, Hardy's flirtatious tie-flipping, the duo's adorable dance moves - with skill and affection.

January 17, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

"Stan & Ollie..." has allowed viewers to understand what made their characters so great, and so beloved, in a film that magnanimously invites us into a world no less recognizable for being almost entirely erased.

January 16, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

[D]on't expect a comprehensive look into their careers or how they became famous. Instead, director Jon S. Baird tackles the heart of their relationship.

January 11, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Thanks to the subtle brilliance of Reilly and Coogan, even someone who's never heard of Laurel and Hardy would likely see how magical these two were together.

January 10, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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