While the film is stuffed with cliches, at least they're the warm and fuzzy kind.
Mara Reinstein, Us Weekly, 2014-11-14
St. Vincent will dodge your impulse to projectile vomit. For that, all hail Bill Murray who whacks away at the script's sentimental softballs like A-Rod in full swing.
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, 2014-10-24
The adult supporting players are all excellent, but next to Murray, the key casting is Jaeden Lieberher as young Oliver. The kid is a natural in the sidekick role, never once playing it too cute or too actor-y.
Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times, 2014-10-24
It's good to see funny gal McCarthy playing the straight woman in this comedy rather than the appealing/appalling lout. It's even better to see a working mom depicted with care.
Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post, 2014-10-17
St. Vincent is no conventional hagiography but it's the movie world's equivalent - a star vehicle. Give director Melfi credit for knowing the capacity of the engine he has under its hood.
Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail, 2014-10-17
"St. Vincent" may not be a great movie, but it is a great lot of fun to watch.
Tom Long, Detroit News, 2014-10-17
Murray, with a stable of eccentric characters ranging across the landscape of his career, has selected increasingly idiosyncratic roles in recent years. Vincent is no exception.
James Berardinelli, ReelViews, 2014-10-16
Murray, of course, makes it all work well enough.
Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times, 2014-10-16
Bill Murray is one of those actors blessed with the gift of making bad behavior seem grizzled and adorable. It's a valuable tool in any funny person's kit, and Murray uses it to carry the benignly naughty St. Vincent above its material.
Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News, 2014-10-16
It's a familiar premise - we've seen similar stuff in "Little Miss Sunshine" and "Up" - but it sails ahead on the collective charms of its ensemble cast.
Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune, 2014-10-16
A movie with laughter, soul and a twisting path to the heart.
Peter Howell, Toronto Star, 2014-10-16
You just wonder how much more fun it could have been.
Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic, 2014-10-16
[Murray's] freewheeling, deadpan image fuses so thoroughly with Vincent's own endearingly grizzled misanthropy that it's hard to tell where the actor ends and the geezer begins.
Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, 2014-10-16
Of course, Murray is the star attraction here, in a role that's both fan-friendly and reminiscent of the range he showed in "Broken Flowers" and "Lost in Translation."
Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2014-10-16
The broader visual comedy lacks finesse. But the actors win out.
Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune, 2014-10-16
If St. Vincent flirts with sappiness - it does, and how - Melfi has struck gold in the pairing of Murray and Lieberher.
Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer, 2014-10-16
J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader, 2014-12-04
One of these days, someone should make a movie about a really nasty old guy who, by the end of the story, is still a nasty old guy.
Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, 2014-10-17
What is Murray doing in this sort of tapioca?
Ty Burr, Boston Globe, 2014-10-16
The movie slumps into the hokey, and the actor's curdled misanthropy makes way for a soothing, implausible uplift.
Anthony Lane, New Yorker, 2014-10-13