Stand by Me
Stand by Me

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After the death of a friend, a writer recounts a boyhood journey to find the body of a missing boy.... (Full plot summary below)

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After the death of a friend, a writer recounts a boyhood journey to find the body of a missing boy.

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Movie Reviews - 10/10 by David Keyes When you are an adventure-seeker stuck in that odd transition between early youth and adolescence, few movies resonate more than "Stand by Me."
Philadelphia Daily News - 10/10 by Joe Baltake It is about the evolution of a writer, his relationship with his three closest friends and a situation that formed his talent -- and morbid fascination.
Radio Times - 10/10 by Andrew Collins Rob Reiner's bucolic, nostalgic drama is widely agreed to be one of the most successful adaptations of a story by horror master Stephen King.
Las Vegas Review-Journal - 10/10 by Carol Cling Haunting coming-of-age drama; young River Phoenix's presence adds considerable poignancy
ReelViews - 9/10 by James Berardinelli It's as effective in 2009 as it was upon its initial release, and the richness of its tapestry, densely woven from human emotions and character interaction, ensure it will never lose that relevance.
Groucho Reviews - 9/10 by Peter Canavese Exquisitely captures the vulnerability not only of youth, but of the male identity.
Los Angeles Times - 9/10 by Sheila Benson It stands, sweet and strong, ribald, outrageous and funny, like its heroes themselves -- a bit gamy around the edges, perhaps, but pure and fine clear through. It's one of those treasures absolutely not to be missed.
IGN DVD - 9/10 by R. L. Shaffer A near-perfect coming-of-age story peppered with regret, pain, nostalgia and love.
Orlando Sentinel - 8/10 by Jay Boyar Its perspective is that of a knowing adult, which is to say that though the film is frequently affectionate and funny, it contains a drop too much condescension to be entirely successful.
Chicago Reader - 8/10 by Pat Graham Reiner seems lost in his own cinematic wilderness -- button-down careful, almost afraid to move
Moviehole - 8/10 by Clint Morris The most important film ever made about Friendship. The young cast are superb
Variety - 7/10 by Variety Staff Scripters have written inspired dialog for this quartet of plucky boys at that hard-to-capture age when they're still young enough to get scared and yet old enough to want to sneak smokes and cuss.

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