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Danny Collins

Comedy . Drama . Music

An ageing rock star decides to change his life when he discovers a 40-year-old letter written to him by John Lennon.

Actors: Al Pacino , Annette Bening , Jennifer Garner , Bobby Cannavale , Christopher Plummer , Josh Peck , Katarina Cas , Nick Offerman , Melissa Benoist
Directors: Dan Fogelman
Country: USA
Release: 2015-04-10
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  • Matt Zoller Seitz

    An appealing comedy with an unabashed streak of melodrama, sharp dialogue, and a superb ensemble cast, anchored by a lead performance by Al Pacino in lovable scamp mode. Full Review
  • Amy Nicholson

    This movie is a narrow character piece that shows Pacino wrestling to reveal layers in a man who's worried he might actually be hollow. He and Fogelman string together dozens of small, perfect moments.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Steve Persall

    Danny Collins isn't the most artistic or surprising movie, and Fogelman's appropriation of Lennon's music to explain what's obvious gets stale. But it does contain a wonderful performance by Pacino, when it was debatable if we'd ever say that again.

    Tampa Bay Times Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    By the way, Danny Collins is inspired by the true story of Steve Tilston, a British musician who received a 1971 letter from John Lennon some 30 years after it was written. The gist of the letter was about the same, but all the characters and circumstances are creations of the filmmaker.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Richard Roeper

    Al Pacino sells the heck out of his performance as Danny Collins.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    Pacino is irresistible. Whether strutting onstage or wrestling with his drug-fueled demons, he doesn't skimp on Danny's human limits. With nine Lennon tunes on the soundtrack and a new song for Danny to express his creative reinvention, this hilarious and heartfelt movie is an exuberant gift.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    This is Mr. Fogelman’s directorial debut, and an auspicious one; it feels as if he’s long been accustomed to working with actors — with exceptional actors like those he has brought together here.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Alonso Duralde

    On the one hand, the story goes pretty much exactly where you think it will, but at the same time, Danny Collins generates its funniest and most dramatic moments precisely when the characters behave more like human beings and less like moving parts of what’s clearly intended to be a feel-good hit.

    TheWrap Full Review
  • Ignatiy Vishnevetsky

    This is the kind of thing that should come effortlessly to Pacino, one of the all-time greats of American acting, but no longer does. In fact, this qualifies as his best and most easygoing film performance in a good decade.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    Comedy, pathos, and some schmaltzy couplets about the changing seasons follow forthwith.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Joe Williams

    The lesson of this likable little movie is that it’s never too late to reclaim your integrity.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    Danny Collins leaves absolutely nothing to chance. The cast is full of sharp little turns by Melissa Benoist — the girlfriend in “Whiplash” and a future Supergirl — and Josh Peck and Katarina Cas, the latter playing Danny’s bubblehead user of a fiancée.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Stephanie Merry

    Danny Collins, like its central character, has a good heart, and sometimes that’s enough.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    There's a delayed-secret hitch in the narrative that hijacks the movie, for better or worse. You don't have to believe any of it to enjoy a lot of it, however.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    Like an uneven album, the movie has some harmonious, authentically lilting moments and other off-putting ones.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Elise Nakhnikian

    The chemistry between Pacino and his cast mates gives this lightly amusing contrivance surprising emotional resonance.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    Pacino and his director don't get back to basics — given that Pacino plays the title character, an aging rock star who long ago sold out, that wouldn't make sense. But the actor brings such a charming attitude to the role that his performance feels far more genuine than the story itself.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Joe Neumaier

    Leave it to Al Pacino to find the good in the mediocre.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Joshua Rothkopf

    Al Pacino’s done so much Acting over the last 25 years (hoo-ah), it’s disquieting to see him digging deep again—often with subtlety—into a rich role with hidden depths.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Scott Foundas

    Beneath the sitcom cutesiness and boldfaced sentimentality, the film manages to keep just enough reality coursing through to stay grounded.

    Variety Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    The movie becomes, perhaps inadvertently, a celebration of selling out.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Marjorie Baumgarten

    Pacino delivers his best work in a long time, but it’s contained within an utterly predictable redemption movie that only comes alive when Pacino plays one-on-one scenes with the other members of the cast.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    Certainly watchable, but don’t go expecting much in the way of surprises.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Rex Reed

    Danny Collins is nothing to write home about, but it kept me entertained without too much guilt, and I didn’t wince. By today’s American movie standards, that’s becoming very high praise indeed.

    New York Observer Full Review
  • Sheri Linden

    Ostensibly exploring a monumental what-if in a musician's life — a late-career reckoning that aims to make up for lost time — the movie is itself a missed opportunity, especially given that it stars Al Pacino.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Stephen Holden

    What authenticity Mr. Cannavale and Ms. Bening bring to their roles is the sense of groundedness and integrity for one-note characters in a movie whose screenplay is little more than an efficiently executed outline.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Keith Phipps

    If there’s a real person beneath Danny’s over-the-top showbiz-lifer persona, Pacino never finds him. Pacino probably still has it in him to do measured, subtle performances, but this isn’t one of them. He’s more mannerism than man, even in some otherwise-relaxed scenes with Bening.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • Todd McCarthy

    The spectacle of a dissolute hedonist suddenly acquiring a heart and a conscience late in life is shamelessly, and shamefully, contrived in its emotional trajectory.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Tim Grierson

    What proves irritating throughout the movie is the sense that Fogelman has chosen the easiest, least interesting execution of a rich premise.

    Screen International Full Review
  • Angie Errigo

    A Hugely, irresistibly enjoyable, with star chemistry to spare, genuine laughs and tears, and the bonus of apt Lennon songs on the soundtrack.

    Empire Full Review
  • Jamie Graham

    Hits all the routine beats but is plenty entertaining, with Pacino rediscovering his enviable pizazz to headline a quality ensemble.

    Total Film Full Review
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