Jesse Eisenberg, Melissa Leo, and Tracy Morgan make an unlikely but entertaining trio in this frantic shaggy-dog story.
J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader, 2012-08-16
"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.
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, 2012-08-16
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.
Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune, 2012-09-06
Drug abuse stories are to Hollywood what babies are to mothers: fascinating to the talkers, not so interesting for their audiences.
Kyle Smith, New York Post, 2012-08-17
Feels trapped in the limbo between comedy and drama where many indies gamely venture, but from which few emerge with any resonance.
Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times, 2012-08-16
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.
Stephen Holden, New York Times, 2012-08-16
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.
Ella Taylor, NPR, 2012-08-16
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.
Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News, 2012-08-16
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.
Scott Tobias, AV Club, 2012-08-16
Nothing-script, performances, comedy, drama-works in the slightest.
David Fear, Time Out New York, 2012-08-14
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.
Simon Abrams, Village Voice, 2012-08-14