Just Getting Started
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The Hollywood Reporter
The film is ingratiating enough, but its main value is to make us eager for another, more substantial Shelton movie long before another decade has slipped by.
The A.V. Club
Dramatically and comically impotent.
What it doesn’t have, in any abundance, is laughs. “Started” plays like a Ron Shelton comedy for people too old to enjoy Ron Shelton comedies.
Los Angeles Times
Even a cast with this many award wins and nominations can't salvage a script that will have viewers audibly sighing, rather than laughing.
There is both too much plot in Just Getting Started and too little.
This film is a total dud and an insult to the intelligence of anyone who would see it — especially the seniors who clearly are the movie’s target audience. “Just Getting Started” simply never does get started. It’s D.O.A.
My most basic litmus test for whether a comedy is working is whether it makes me laugh. I groaned, maybe, but no chuckles emanated from me or from my lone fellow patron.
The New York Times
In spite of the charm and discipline of the stars, the jokes misfire and the scenes creak and stumble.
Abysmal, unfunny, and ultimately, completely unnecessary.
Some bad movies trigger swells of anger and outrage, while others prompt industrial-grade snark and scorn. And then there are leaden clunkers like Just Getting Started that provoke an ineffable sense of sadness as one considers how much time, money and talent has been squandered on something so thoroughly useless.
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