'Why Stop Now' Critic Reviews
New York Times
As "Why Stop Now?" gathers momentum, the increasingly uneasy sensation it produces is not unlike that of being in the back seat of a speeding car whose drunken driver refuses to give up the wheel.
An unbearable 90-minute trip with a trio of loud, needy egotists-one whose updated scenario never feels like it needs the extra 75 minutes.
New York Daily News
This comic drama tries too hard to serve up a slice of manic life, but Eisenberg, along with Tracy Morgan and Isiah Whitlock Jr. as the affable druggies, provides some spark.
"Why Stop Now" is a bright screwball comedy about one fraught day in the life of a piano prodigy, his crackhead mother and her drug dealers.
J. R. Jones
Jesse Eisenberg, Melissa Leo, and Tracy Morgan make an unlikely but entertaining trio in this frantic shaggy-dog story.
Minneapolis Star Tribune
First-time directors Phil Dorling and Ron Nyswaner can't find a coherent emotional tone, and the actors' energetic contortions can't keep the sinking story afloat.
New York Post
Drug abuse stories are to Hollywood what babies are to mothers: fascinating to the talkers, not so interesting for their audiences.
Los Angeles Times
Feels trapped in the limbo between comedy and drama where many indies gamely venture, but from which few emerge with any resonance.
An odd mix of blatantly comedic moments and strangely serious scenes, Why Stop Now finds itself stranded on an odd middle ground between comedy and drama.
The alleged comedy 'Why Stop Now' is here to prove that when it tries really, really hard to be awful it can overcome the obstacle of having a terrific cast.
S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media
Young man's very bad day includes drugs, swearing, more.
Hollywood & Fine
Boasts such a diverse cast of recognizable faces that you have to wonder where it all went wrong..a half-hearted tale that should land with more impact than it does.
Each actor is adept at twisting a line or bit of spectacular illogic so gasps turn to laughs.
Fast-paced and driven by Eisenberg, again finding varying dimensions in a twitchy character that isn't a repeat of his past roles.
Why Stop Now refuses to keep faith with its characters, to carry them as far as they can go without tying them up in a neat bow of redemption.
It's handsome, well-paced, and nicely acted, but suffers from a fatal lack of purpose, as if Dorling and Nyswaner couldn't commit to whatever movie they wanted to make.
Time Out New York
Nothing-script, performances, comedy, drama-works in the slightest.
Shifting between wacky situation comedy and somber familial drama, Why Stop Now? isn't invested enough in either mode to convincingly pull off its genre-hopping ambitions.
Delivers just enough laughs to remain recommended, despite the fact that this hard to pigeonhole head-scratcher would have benefited from making a total commitment to either comedy or a drama.
Isn't very funny or poignant, drifting somewhere in between while the actors make the best out of a lackluster storytelling situation.