Stan & Ollie

Stan & Ollie

Stan & Ollie

Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly play comedy duo Laurel and Hardy in this biopic that covers the duo's 1953 British variety hall tour. Written by Oscar nominee Jeff Pope (Philomena).

"In 1953, several years after their last film and with their immense celebrity on the wane, Stan ‘Laurel’ and Ollie ‘Hardy’ embark on a gig tour of British seaside towns and music halls. Surprised by the modesty of the bookings and cramped little guesthouses, the tour starts off subdued. They struggle for audiences and their booking agent seems disinterested. But a series of TV guest spots and celebrity appearances soon rekindle the country’s interest in their genius and the buzz grows as they head towards a big London finale. As the attention builds, so too do old resentments, coming to a head as they’re joined by ‘the wives’, Lucille and Ida (Shirley Henderson and Nina Arianda)" (London Film Festival).

2019Rating: PG, Mild coarse language97 minsUSA, UK, Canada
ComedyDramaTrue Story & BiographyHistorical
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Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

If a couple of laboured gags around hauling luggage don't fully land, that rather proves how much more art went into Laurel and Hardy's craft than they ever chose to let on.

0
The Times

The Times

press

As the film cruises towards its conclusion it reaches genuinely sublime heights.

5.0
0
The Telegraph

The Telegraph

press

It is eccentric, sad and stirring to the core. Oh yes - and incredibly funny, too.

4.0
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The Guardian

The Guardian

press

It has a persuasive feel for this twilight of the comedy gods.

3.0
0
Stuff

Stuff

press

At its best, Stan and Ollie locates a lovely seam of pathos, dignity, wit and human decency that never quite slips into syrup and sentiment.

0
Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

This is a fond, frequently very funny homage to an act that has lost none of its genius. A new generation of fans awaits.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Even if it only occasionally provokes big laughs, this sweet, small film makes you smile most of the way through, which may be a more uncommon feat.

0
BBC

BBC

press

Stan & Ollie is a film you watch with a lump in your throat, but with a smile on your face.

0

Good story but a bit slow and tiresome. Nina Arianda plays her part really well. Luckily it wasn't overly long but still hard to focus at times.

3.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

If a couple of laboured gags around hauling luggage don't fully land, that rather proves how much more art went into Laurel and Hardy's craft than they ever chose to let on.

0
The Times

The Times

press

As the film cruises towards its conclusion it reaches genuinely sublime heights.

5.0
0
The Telegraph

The Telegraph

press

It is eccentric, sad and stirring to the core. Oh yes - and incredibly funny, too.

4.0
0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

It has a persuasive feel for this twilight of the comedy gods.

3.0
0
Stuff

Stuff

press

At its best, Stan and Ollie locates a lovely seam of pathos, dignity, wit and human decency that never quite slips into syrup and sentiment.

0
Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

This is a fond, frequently very funny homage to an act that has lost none of its genius. A new generation of fans awaits.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Even if it only occasionally provokes big laughs, this sweet, small film makes you smile most of the way through, which may be a more uncommon feat.

0
BBC

BBC

press

Stan & Ollie is a film you watch with a lump in your throat, but with a smile on your face.

0

Good story but a bit slow and tiresome. Nina Arianda plays her part really well. Luckily it wasn't overly long but still hard to focus at times.

3.0
0