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Stan & Ollie (PG)


A biographical drama in which comedians Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy embark on a tour of Britain.

The critical consensus

Brilliant impersonations by Steve Coogan and John C Reilly lift the muted charm of this biopic about their troubled music-hall tour of Britain.

***(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 21/10/2018

It's a very loving, affectionate nod to two of cinema's greats.

James Mottram, The List, 21/10/2018

Stan & Ollie won’t ever have you in hysterics, but its account of the comedians in their twilight years is insightful and endlessly touching.

****(*)Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent, 21/10/2018

You can help but feel that the film almost damages Laurel and Hardy’s comic legacy.

**(*)(*)(*)David Jenkins, Little White Lies, 21/10/2018

It’s an affectionate tribute to one of the greatest comedy partnerships in movie history, but it barely scratches the surface of what made them tick and soldier on when new kids on the block and rivals such as Norman Wisdom and Abbott & Costello elbowed them into the wings with their more rambunctious style of delivery.

***(*)(*)Peter Callaghan, Review Sphere, 19/12/2018

Gently joyous, from soup to nuts. Take your grandparents and they’ll enjoy it as much as you.

****(*)Matt Glasby, Total Film, 24/12/2018

Coogan and Reilly’s performances are among the best either has ever given. This film, which pays wonderfully funny tribute to two comic legends, richly deserves them.

****(*)Olly Richards, Empire Online, 07/01/2019

It doesn't attempt to poison their legacy, but to celebrate and acknowledge it, while contemplating what it must have been like for this odd couple to come to terms with each other, their shared past, and uncertain future.

****(*)Will Gompertz, BBC, 12/01/2019

A gentle, melancholic look at the beloved duo long after they’ve fallen out of favour in Hollywood.

****(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 11/01/2019

Steve Coogan and John C Reilly excel in this bittersweet film about the twilight years of the great double act.

****(*)Mark Kermode, The Observer, 13/01/2019

Coogan and Reilly’s relationship lacks chemistry till the final half hour, in an otherwise amusing and well acted piece.

***(*)(*)Tamarin Fountain, The Wee Review, 14/01/2019

Features about Stan & Ollie (PG)

Laurel and Hardy: Two angels of our time

Martin Chilton, The Independent, 21/10/2018

Steve Coogan and John Reilly on playing Laurel and Hardy

BBC, 03/01/2019

Scots director Jon S Baird on bringing Stan & Ollie back to life

Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 07/01/2019

Steve Coogan on Stan & Ollie: 'All the precision of the comic beats was underpinned by a simple humanity'.

James Mottram, The List, 07/01/2019

Stan and Ollie film is a 'love story' says Scottish director.

BBC, 07/01/2019

Video--Scottish director on his new Laurel and Hardy film

BBC, 07/01/2019

Stan & Ollie: The story of Laurel and Hardy's final tour

Hayley Westcott, BBC, 11/01/2019

When Stan and Ollie pulled pints in a village pub--video

BBC, 11/01/2019

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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